Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Young Adult’s Feelings of Safety after Observing Physical Violence as Rural Adolescents: A Generic Qualitative Study
by Atkinson, Tiffaney, Ph.D., Capella University, 2019, 134; 13902779
Abstract (Summary)

The research explored the real-life experiences of observing physical violence as an adolescent and the experience of feeling safe as a young adult. The research question was: “How do young adults describe the experience of feeling safe as a young adult after observing physical violence during adolescence in a rural community?” Researchers have neglected to apply a two-level breakdown of violence to examine the influence of physical violence on the experience of feeling safe of young adult rural community members. The foundational aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the experiences, opinions, attitudes, and feelings of safety as a young adult through the personal external lens of these individuals. The methodology used was generic qualitative research. The sample was young adults aged 20 to 29 who had observed physical violence as an adolescent who lived in a rural community, with no mental stability concerns or psychological distress. Two research participants were male and six were female and varied in educational background and age. Thematic analysis with constant comparison analysis model was used, and four themes of feeling safe were identified. The findings show that the experience of feeling safe as a young adult was unique to each participant. Each participants’ experiences were based on the meanings assigned to observing physical violence as an adolescent, and no experience was the same. The findings of the research show that the feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes about feeling safe as a young adult after observing physical violence as an adolescent did not change across development. Future research on the experience of feeling safe after observing physical violence should be explored with a phenomenological study to obtain a deeper psychological understanding of the phenomenon.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hinton, Patricia
Commitee: Riggins-Sampson, Lana, Riviera, Diana
School: Capella University
Department: Harold Abel School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, Social psychology, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Adolescent, Feeling safe, Generic qualitatative research, Observing physical violence, Rural communities
Publication Number: 13902779
ISBN: 9781085605533
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