The experiential impact of hospitalisation in early psychosis: service-user accounts of inpatient environments

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  • Kelly Fenton
  • Jessica Thompson
  • Gareth Hickman

Colleges, School and Institutes


Early Intervention in Psychosis services aim to keep young people out of hospital, but this is not always possible. This research used in-depth interviews to explore the experience of hospitalisation amongst young people with psychosis. Findings describe fear and confusion at admission, conflicting experiences of the inpatient unit as both safe and containing, and unsafe and chaotic, and the difficult process of maintaining identity in light of the admission. We discuss the need to move from construing psychiatric hospitals as places for 'passive seclusion', to developing more permeable and welcoming environments that can play an active role in recovery.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-241
Number of pages8
JournalHealth & Place
Early online date21 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014


  • Psychiatric inpatient unit, Psychosis, Early intervention, SchizophreniaEmerging adulthood