a place where we feel at home, safely,important is the psychological environment in which we live, lifestyle, family , everything that surrounds us
This module looks at the way people identify and become attached to places, buildings and objects.
It also analyses how this attachment can impact on personal well-being.
Understanding this is important in assessing the care people of all ages need and how this care should be delivered.
After studying this module you should be able to:
demonstrate an understanding of how shared histories of places and spaces could be an important resource to any caring relationship;
identify ways in which the environment can become a resource for caring;
appreciate the importance of personal control over changes of place in relation to how people cope and adjust.
In this module we are going to consider the way in which people identify and become attached to places, buildings, objects, and how this attachment can contribute to personal well-being or how we feel about ourselves (Low and Altman, 1992).
Looking at why places become important provides a basis for asking questions about what happens when people have to move, a common occurrence for people in need of care services.
The purpose of this module is to focus on the psychological environment, how experiences of places support self-identity, contributing to well-being.
Given that the domestic home is a central place for most people it is not surprising that much research has looked at the meaning of home and its importance across the life course, especially during periods of home making and home maintaining which can have different effects for men and women (Sixsmith and Sixsmith, 1990; Rubinstein and Parmelee, 1992; Arias, 1993).
We will start this module by considering the meaning of home.
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