Universal Journal of Psychology Vol. 3(6), pp. 185 - 197
DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2015.030605
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Drug Addicts' Behavior and the Built Environment of the Old City of Jerusalem


Leila Bustami *, Nisreen Harhash
Department of Architecture, University of Petra, Jordan

ABSTRACT

This study explores the contribution of the built environment of the old city of Jerusalem to the widespread drug abuse phenomenon there. Using the ethnographic interviewing method, 6 recovered addicts viewed pictures of 16 related locations in the Muslim quarter of the city and recalled how they saw and used them. After qualitative analysis of the collected narratives, it was found that the city's distinguished features (old walls, deteriorating crowded houses, abandoned enclosures, dark angled alleyways, and isolated areas) helped addicts to avoid being arrested or robbed as well as to abuse drug safely. This environment-behavior relationship conforms with Gibson's (1979) ecological psychology of visual perception and recognizes the affordances of those features which through preserving and vitalizing, can be made less attractive to addicts and more life sustaining to all.

KEYWORDS
Addicts, Built Environmental Features, Drug Abuse Behavior, Old City of Jerusalem

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Leila Bustami , Nisreen Harhash , "Drug Addicts' Behavior and the Built Environment of the Old City of Jerusalem," Universal Journal of Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 6, pp. 185 - 197, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2015.030605.

(b). APA Format:
Leila Bustami , Nisreen Harhash (2015). Drug Addicts' Behavior and the Built Environment of the Old City of Jerusalem. Universal Journal of Psychology, 3(6), 185 - 197. DOI: 10.13189/ujp.2015.030605.