Abstract

This study explores relationships among attitudes about mental illness and guns in order to shed some light on two issues often mentioned in the same realm: mental illness and gun violence. This study also explores if personality variables relate to these attitudes about guns and mental illness. The results of this study found that those who reported more positive attitudes toward guns will have more negative attitudes toward mental illness. The data supported another part of the hypothesis that males would report more positive attitudes towards guns and more negative attitudes towards mental illness than females. This study did not support one part of the hypothesis that those participants with higher ratings of openness to experiences and conscientiousness will have more positive attitudes towards mental illness. Exploring these attitudes may advance our understanding of misconceptions, stereotypes, and stigma. This may also increase understanding of what leads to polarizing and divisive opinions on these issues.

Thesis Completion

2018

Semester

Fall

Thesis Chair

Mottarella, Karen

Co-Chair

Whitten, Shannon

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Psychology

Location

Orlando (Main) Campus

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

12-1-2018

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