A phenomenological understanding of residents’ emotional distress of living in an environmental justice community
Fu, Mei R.
Ryan, Caitlin E.Note: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationDory, Gabriela, Zeyuan Qiu, Christina M. Qiu, Mei R. Fu, and Caitlin E. Ryan. 2017. “A phenomenological understanding of residents’ emotional distress of living in an environmental justice community.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being 12 (1): 1269450. doi:10.1080/17482631.2016.1269450. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482631.2016.1269450.
AbstractABSTRACT Deteriorative environmental conditions in environmental justice (EJ) communities not only post direct health risks such as chronic illnesses, but also cause emotional distress such as anxiety, fear, and anger among residents, which may further exacerbate health risks. This study applies a descriptive phenomenological method to explore and describe the emotional experience of residents living in Ironbound, a known EJ community located in Newark, New Jersey. Twenty-three residents participated in the study. Four essential themes regarding the residents’ emotional experiences were elicited from 43 interviews: (1) being worried about the harmful effects of the surrounding pollution; (2) being distressed by the known historical pollution sources; (3) being frustrated by the unheard voices and/or lack of responses; and (4) being angered by the ongoing pollution sources. Participants not only expressed their emotions of worry, distress, frustration, and anger in detail but also described reasons or situations that provoked such negative emotions. Such detailed depictions provide insights into potential meaningful strategies to improve residents’ psychological wellbeing by alleviating negative emotions and meaningfully engaging residents in developing, implementing, and enforcing environmental laws, regulations, and policies to achieve EJ goals.
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