Student Anxiety About Mass Shootings

Patrick Kielly, Angel Jaimes, Madison Wilcox, and Dr. Amy Buddie, Department of Undergraduate Research, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw GA 30144

This research primarily examined the relationships among physical anxiety, social anxiety, and fear of mass shootings, particularly for members of minority and low socioeconomic status (SES) groups. Previous research has shown that people of lower level household income exhibit stronger crime-related anxieties (Vuori et al., 2013). However, there is little research on different types of anxiety (physical and social) and how those variables correlate with fear of mass shootings, especially for minority groups in college. We examined this relationship by administering an online questionnaire that investigated demographics, physical and social anxiety, socioeconomic status, and fear of mass shootings. We found the greatest predictors of anxiety of mass shootings to be physical anxiety and having suffered trauma from abuse. Our secondary objective was to search inductively for variables that interact with anxiety of mass shootings. Three additional correlations were found. As a final objective, we measured if individuals that are more anxious of mass shootings are more likely to support KSU as a source of protection and support gun regulations. We found no significant differences in the stances towards gun regulations and KSU as a protective entity between individuals with higher and lower mass shooting anxieties.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Patrick Kielly, Angel Jaimes, Madison Wilcox

Institution: Kennesaw State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6605