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Spatial Experiences of College Student Survivors of Trauma

Mon, April 12, 2:50 to 4:20pm EDT (2:50 to 4:20pm EDT), Division J, Division J - Section 1 Paper and Symposium Sessions


The purpose of this phenomenological (Vagle, 2014; van Manen, 2016) study was to explore the spatial dimensions inherent in the experiences of college students who have endured trauma. Specifically, I sought to unearth the ways in which an individual’s traumatic encounter travels through campus environments and what this means for survivors’ lived experiences. The following research questions guided the current phenomenological investigation: 1) What is it like to be an undergraduate student who is a survivor of trauma while in college? 2) What are survivors’ experiences of lived space in the college environment after trauma?