Transitioning from homelessness into a sustained tenancy. A role for occupational therapists?
  • Room N12c, ITTC Building, Plymouth Science Park

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Provision of accommodation alone does not always resolve homelessness, especially for individuals with more complex needs. 

Although it is generally agreed that support should be provided in a flexible and integrated way alongside accommodation, more needs to be known about the establishment and maintenance of a settled home for people who leave homelessness (Sabatelli Iaquinta, 2016*). One of the core beliefs of occupational therapy is the power of occupation as a therapeutic agent of change. The aims of the research were to develop an understanding of the process of tenancy sustainment following homelessness and the role of occupation in that transition for people with multiple and complex needs. This is to inform the development of an occupational therapy intervention for tenancy sustainment.

In this seminar, Leonie Boland, Research Fellow, Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, will present the results of her PhD research which included a systematic review and a constructivist grounded theory study.

* Sabatelli Iaquinta, M. (2016) 'A systematic review of the transition from homelessness to finding a home'. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 33 (1), pp. 20-41.

This seminar is open to University staff and students. Contact to book your place. 

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