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Children’s spaces of mental health: the built environment as places of meaning

Crafter, S., Prokopiou, E. and Stein, S. (2016) Children’s spaces of mental health: the built environment as places of meaning. In: Evans, B., Horton, J. and Skelton, T. (eds.) Evans, Bethan, Horton, John and Skelton, Tracey Play and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing. Singapore: Spinger. pp. 581-600.

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Abstract: This chapter will look at the role of the built environment and space in children and young people’s mental health settings. In particular, the chapter will focus on the internal and external space of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) outpatients’ setting. Since work on the built environment and space in children’s mental health settings is so sparse, the chapter draws on commentaries from psychological and sociological studies on children’s space and place, adult mental health settings, and research examining the internal and external spaces of children’s hospitals. As well as providing some context-setting for why the child and adolescent mental health services offer an informative site for studying spaces of mental health, this chapter attempts to theorize how different meanings around “childhood” and the “child” are enacted through the built environment. In essence, there will be an examination of what meanings are developed through children and young people’s interactions with CAMHS. Notably, how specific features of the built environment, symbolic associations with other types of buildings and past memories, serve as the frame of reference for understanding the role of place. Discussions about the construction of the “normal” childhood will show how features of the built environment in children’s mental health settings position the child as “dangerous.” As an example, the building façade of children’s mental health settings is so discreet that they perpetuate the stigma associated with children’s mental health. CAMHS therefore becomes a “hidden” service, rather than a service developed for children, by children. The chapter will conclude by using some empirical data from a study of the CAMHS built environment, collated with parents and children and young people, to act as exemplars for the phenomena discussed.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography > GF51 Environmental influences on humans
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ767 Children. Child development
Creators: Crafter, Sarah, Prokopiou, Evangelia and Stein, S
Editors: Evans, Bethan, Horton, John and Skelton, Tracey
Publisher: Spinger
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Date: 2016
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 581-600
Title of Book: Play and Recreation, Health and Wellbeing
Series Name: Geographies of children and young people
Volume: 9
Place of Publication: Singapore
Number of Pages: 662
Language: English
ISBN: 9789814585507
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9390

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