September 20, 2017
2:45 pm to 3:45 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Exploring the Psychosocial Health of Women Living in Public Housing: An Exploration of Met and Unmet Needs
About the Session:
Women living in public housing are a group that is affected disproportionately by poverty and social disadvantage. Although poverty and the environments of public housing place women at increased risk for poorer psychosocial health, little is known about their specific psychosocial needs, and how these needs are met formally or informally. This presentation will provide a summary of the findings of a preliminary analysis of data collected for an ongoing study exploring the met and unmet psychosocial needs of women living in public housing. Quantitative interviews delivered with participants included the following measures and were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics: Camberwell Assessment of Need; Symptom Checklist 90-R; Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-10; Drug Abuse Screening Test-10; Community Integration Scale. In-depth qualitative interviews were delivered with selected participants from the quantitative sample and analyzed using grounded theory strategies. Themes that have emerged will be presented.
Carrie Anne Marshall earned her PhD. in Rehabilitation Science (Queen’s) in 2016. She has several years of experience as a mental health professional. Her research interests are focused in the areas of mental health and poverty as they relate to social participation and community integration.
Fiona Drake, MEd. earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology (McGill) and her master’s degree in education (Queen’s). She has several years of experience in a variety of mental health contexts and is currently the Manager of Support Services within a large municipal social housing provider in Kingston, ON.
They Tell Us Not To Go: Gender Inequality and Mental Health Access
About the session:
I journeyed to the foothills of the Himalayas to conduct women’s mental health research. It soon became clear I was instead studying gender inequality. Women in psychosocial support groups faced community norms that restricted their ability to leave home to participate. Lessons from this research are equally relevant for Canadian immigrant populations. Women’s access to mental health services in many contexts hinges on efforts to simultaneously address gendered norms constraining such access.
Nicola Gailits is a PhD candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. While completing her MSc in Global Health at McMaster, she travelled to India to examine the factors influencing women’s participation in psychosocial support groups, and the groups’ impact on the women and communities.