Bound Volume Number

VI

Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-5-2015

Capstone Advisor

Dr. Leonard Newman

Honors Reader

Dr. Christopher B. Miller

Capstone Major

Psychology

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Keywords

mass shootings, mental illness, stigma

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

no

Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Abstract

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.

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