Research Article
Multidimensional Self-Perceived Freedom: Importance and Domain Specification

Muhammad Saleem, Rozmi Bin Ismail, Ezarina Zakaria, Arena Che Kasim and Muhammad Azam Tahir

The Social Sciences, 2015, 10(7), 1718-1725.


The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study is to specify the importance and domains in terms of multidimensional self-perceived freedom through Focus Group Discussions (FGD) conducted with marginalized Pakistani youths. In total, three homogenous FGD are conducted in which twenty eligible volunteer youths are being selected through multi-stage random sampling. As an inclusion, all youths belong to age group of 15-24 years and they are residents from three sub-districts (Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Jalalpur Peerwala) of Punjab, Pakistan that are already established least quality of life zones of Punjab. Data are audio and video tapped and transcribed carefully by veteran panel of field experts. To arrive at prudent findings, inductive thematic analysis is employed; findings are counter checked by two expert judges to avoid biases. Conclusively, importance of self-perceived freedom declared as vital part of Pakistani youth and there are ten domains come out that encompass the priority of youth in terms of freedom. Based on these findings, a questionnaire would be developed to measure the overall degree of multidimensional self-perceived freedom among youngsters.

ASCI-ID: 177-1187


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