Topography and mental distress: self-care in the life spaces of home

Ian Tucker, Lesley Ann Smith

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This article develops a topological approach derived from Kurt Lewin to analyse the psychological life space/s produced in a mental health service user’s home. Drawing on arguments that space plays an important part in the organisation and management of mental distress, photographs of a service user’s home are analysed as topological spaces. The article argues that topological theory can contribute to community health psychology through framing psychological distress as spatially distributed, meaning individual bodies, environments and action are conceptualised as equally contributing to the organisation and management of health-related experience and activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-183
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
Early online date23 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • community health psychology
  • context
  • distress
  • methodology
  • psychological theory


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