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NCJ Number: 98172 Find in a Library
Title: Phenomenological Study of Being Criminally Victimized Contributions and Constraints of Qualitative Research
Journal: Journal of Social Issues  Volume:40  Issue:1  Dated:(1984)  Pages:161-178
Author(s): C T Fischer
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 17
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Phenomenological analyses of 50 victims' experiences are presented.
Abstract: The format of the results preserves what it was like to live through being victimized, including the temporal flow and the vicissitudes of the experience. This presentation tries to put readers in touch with existential meanings of being criminally victimized, especially the radical threat to the victims' sense of social order and of community. It also draws out implications for strengthening citizens' sense of mutuality. Concrete suggestions include advice to police officers and to designers of victim brochures. Theoretical integration of representative research studies is offered. The article provides clarifications about qualitative methods, including their advantages and constraints. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Psychological research; Victim reactions to crime; Victimization
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