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Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Dr. Leonard Newman
Dr. Christopher B. Miller
Arts and Science
mass shootings, mental illness, stigma
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Experimental Analysis of Behavior
This study focused on the relationship between mass shootings and mental illness stigma. Specifically, this study looks at how learning about mass shootings affects the extent to which people with mental illness are stigmatized. Participants were asked to read a short story and then answer survey questions about their opinions of the mentally ill. The main finding of this study was that participant’s preferred greater social distance from people with mental illness after learning about mass shootings, even when it was not explicitly mentioned that the shooter was a person with mental illness.
Korb, Sierra M., "Mass Shootings and Mental Illness Perception" (2015). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 863.
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