Living through a volcanic eruption: understanding the experience of survivors as a phenomenological existential phenomenon

Warsini, Sri, Mills, Jane, West, Caryn, and Usher, Kim (2016) Living through a volcanic eruption: understanding the experience of survivors as a phenomenological existential phenomenon. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25 (3). pp. 206-213.

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Abstract

Mount Merapi in Indonesia is the most active volcano in the world with its 4-6-year eruption cycle. The mountain and surrounding areas are populated by hundreds of thousands of people who live near the volcano despite the danger posed to their wellbeing. The aim of this study was to explore the lived experience of people who survived the most recent eruption of Mount Merapi, which took place in 2010. Investigators conducted interviews with 20 participants to generate textual data that were coded and themed. Three themes linked to the phenomenological existential experience (temporality and relationality) of living through a volcanic eruption emerged from the data. These themes were: connectivity, disconnection and reconnection. Results indicate that the close relationship individuals have with Mount Merapi and others in their neighbourhood outweighs the risk of living in the shadow of an active volcano. This is the first study to analyze the phenomenological existential elements of living through a volcanic eruption.

Item ID: 45523
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0349
Keywords: disaster, lived experience, phenomenology, qualitative research, temporality, volcanic eruption
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2016 07:41
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050210 Pacific Peoples Environmental Knowledge @ 25%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 34%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 33%
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