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Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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Young Adults’ Security Perceptions: Troubling, but an Opportunity for the Response Field

Karla Vermeulen
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  • SUNY New Paltz – Institute for Disaster Mental Health, 600 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, New York 12561, USA
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Published Online: 2017-06-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2016-0062


While today’s young adults are often vilified as hypersensitive and narcissistic, it is important to understand how the life experiences of the current generation of 18- to 25-year-olds has shaped their worldviews. This research indicates that growing up in the post-9/11 world has exposed them to a reduction in liberty, increased prejudice and mistrust, and a general sense of fear and insecurity. However, it has also helped them understand that disasters can impact anyone, and instilled a strong belief that people should help each other in times of need. These are characteristics that emergency managers and response professionals should view as strengths to be capitalized on among entry-level hires are who drawn to the field.

Keywords: disaster; employment; safety; security; young adult

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Published Online: 2017-06-20

Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 13, Issue 4, 20160062, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, ISSN (Print) 2194-6361, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2016-0062.

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