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'Therapeutic landscapes' and the importance of nostalgia, solastalgia, salvage and abandonment for psychiatric hospital design

Wood, V.J.; Gesley, W.; Curtis, S.E.; Spencer, I.H.; Close, H.J.; Mason, J.; Reilly, J.G.

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Authors

V.J. Wood

W. Gesley

I.H. Spencer

H.J. Close

J. Mason

J.G. Reilly



Abstract

We examine emotional reactions to changes to medical spaces of care, linked with past experiences. In this paper we draw on findings from a qualitative study of the transfer of psychiatric inpatient care from an old to a newly built facility. We show how the meanings attributed to ‘therapeutic landscapes’ from one׳s past can evoke emotions and memories, manifesting in ideas about nostalgia, solastalgia, salvage and abandonment, which can impinge on one׳s present therapeutic experience. We reflect on how consideration of these ideas might contribute to better future design of psychiatric inpatient facilities and the wellbeing of those using them.

Citation

Wood, V., Gesley, W., Curtis, S., Spencer, I., Close, H., Mason, J., & Reilly, J. (2015). 'Therapeutic landscapes' and the importance of nostalgia, solastalgia, salvage and abandonment for psychiatric hospital design. Health & Place, 33, 83-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.02.010

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 20, 2015
Publication Date May 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 19, 2015
Publicly Available Date Sep 19, 2016
Journal Health & Place
Print ISSN 1353-8292
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Pages 83-89
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.02.010
Keywords Therapeutic landscapes, Health geography, Nostalgia, Solastalgia, Psychiatric hospital design.

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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Health & place. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Health & place, 33, 2015, 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.02.010







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