About the Session:
The aim of this presentation is to explore the impact of boredom and meaningful activity participation on the mental health and substance use patterns of homeless persons. Preliminary results from a mixed-methods grounded theory study on the processes, effects, and factors involved the participation of homeless and formerly homeless persons in meaningful activity, and experiences of boredom will be presented. Qualitative data were gathered through the administration of semi-structured interviews, and analyzed using grounded theory strategies. Quantitative data included demographic data, and 6 standardized measures: the Engagement in Meaningful Activities Survey; Multidimensional State Boredom Scale; Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale; Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-10; Drug Abuse Screening Test-10; and the Community Integration Scale. Following the presentation of this preliminary data, implications and future directions for this study will be discussed.
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.