“The Post-9/11 Generation’s Perceptions of Safety” : Karla Vermeulen determines how the tragedy changed perceptions for generations on Academic Minute

Karla Vermeulen, associate professor of psychology and deputy director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at New Paltz, appeared on the Nov. 15, 2021, episode of WAMC’s nationally syndicated radio program “The Academic Minute,” to explain how the Sept. 11 tragedy altered how some people view safety.

Vermeulen conducted a statistically representative, thousand-person national survey of emerging adults to determine how concerned they were about various threats. Overall only about one in five respondents were not at all concerned about different threats impacting them or their community, suggesting that this is a population with a high level of stress about future disasters.

“It’s worth noting that many current emerging adults (ages 18 to 29) have no direct memories of the September 11 attacks,” said Vermeulen. “However, the attacks and all of the subsequent societal changes shaped the broader environment they grew up in, and for many, those societal conditions have generated concerns about themselves and their communities experiencing additional disasters.”

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Karla Vermeulen is the author of three books, most recently “Generation Disaster: Coming of Age Post-9/11” from Oxford University Press.

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