Keeping warm and staying well: Findings from the qualitative arm of the Warm Homes Project

Harrington, Barbara, Heyman, Bob, Merleau-Ponty, Nick, Stockton, Helen, Ritchie, Neil and Heyman, Anna (2005) Keeping warm and staying well: Findings from the qualitative arm of the Warm Homes Project. Health & Social Care in the Community, 13 (3). pp. 259-267. ISSN 0966-0410

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2005.00558.x

Abstract

This paper presents findings from the qualitative arm of the Warm Homes Project, a programme of research concerned with the nature of fuel poverty, its alleviation and its relationship to family health. Much of the research into fuel poverty, which results from various combinations of low income and fuel inefficiency, has drawn upon quantitative paradigms. Experiences of, and coping with, fuel poverty have not been well explored. Data for the present study were obtained through qualitative interviews with household members about the above issues. The findings suggest that the expectations of those in fuel poverty about staying warm, and their beliefs about the relationship between warmth and health, vary considerably. Fuel poverty often had wider ramifications, impacting on quality of life in complex ways. The respondents took steps to alleviate cold, but their strategies varied. Coping was affected by informational limitations as well as cost constraints. Measures designed to alleviate fuel poverty should take into account its wider social meaning within the lives of household members.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitudes; Energy efficiency; Fuel poverty; Health; Housing; Qualitative research
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 10:13
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/19750

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