Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The psychology of place: A qualitative study of mid-life relocation to Sedona, Arizona
by Authier, Carisa Ishisia, Psy.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2013, 237; 3606919
Abstract (Summary)

Although defined as the context from which our experiences occur, place often remains in the background of awareness, if not completely unconscious. Place is a subjective and unique experience yet common to all as a primary component of identity development and expression. The purpose of this dissertation research was to expand the understanding of the phenomenon of "psychology of place" as it relates to relocation. This inquiry investigated specifically why adults in mid-life chose to relocate to Sedona, Arizona.

This qualitative research methodology employed a phenomenological-hermeneutic framework to investigate the consciously lived experience of eight individuals, between the ages of 25 and 64 years old, who consider Sedona home. A parallel coder was utilized to help interpret the data. Participants in this study chose to move to Sedona as adults in mid-life and have resided there for a minimum of one year. Middle age is typically the prime time of one's career and yet people were drawn to Sedona for non-employment reasons. It was found that serendipity played a large role in the decisions made by many of the participants in this study. As the author, I explored the motivations for relocation by evaluating interpersonal reasons that were grounded in the current literature while also investigating place attributes that attracted these migrants. This dissertation addressed gaps in the literature, as well as deepened the exploration of place psychology and its role in identity development.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tong, Benjamin R.
Commitee: Morgan, Robert
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Adulthood, Identity, Psychology of place, Qualitative, Relocation, Well-being
Publication Number: 3606919
ISBN: 9781303642555
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