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2.2: Safety Needs

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  • Once a person's physiological needs are relatively satisfied, his/her safety needs take precedence and dominate behavior. In the absence of physical safety – due to war, natural disaster, family violence, childhood abuse, etc. – people may (re-)experience post-traumatic stress disorder or transgenerational trauma. In the absence of economic safety – due to economic crisis and lack of work opportunities – these safety needs manifest themselves in ways such as a preference for job security, grievance procedures for protecting the individual from unilateral authority, savings accounts, insurance policies, disability accommodations, etc. This level is more likely to be found in children as they generally have a greater need to feel safe.

    Safety and Security needs include:

    • Personal security
    • Financial security
    • Health and well-being
    • Safety net against accidents/illness and their adverse impacts