Event Title

Experience and Perception of Firearm Violence

Co-Author(s)

Evelyn Sides, Alex Taylor

Research Mentor(s)

Ying Li

Description

Abstract Background: Firearm violence is an increasing health concern in the United States currently, and is a top ten cause of death in all age groups within the country (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Furthermore, college students are seen most often to be victims, perpetrators, and bystanders of firearm violence in the United States (Fox & Savage, 2009). This study aims to examine the relationship between firearm experience and perception of threat of firearm violence in a Northwest undergraduate college campus. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was used to assess demographics, experience with firearms, and perceived threat of firearm violence through a voluntary sampling method. Results: There was a negative correlation found between experience and perception of threat scores (r = -0.24). Furthermore, there was a significant difference found between the mean experience score of males (2.27) and females (1.44). Conclusion: The conclusion of this study considers a possible gender socialization effect on males and firearm experience and its impact on perception of firearm violence as a problem. Further, the mass perception of threat found by college students should be addressed by health educators to ensure mental wellness. Keywords: Firearm violence, firearm experience, perceptions of threat, college students.

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Event

Start Date

16-5-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

16-5-2018 12:00 PM

Location

Physical Education Health and Recreation

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Experience and Perception of Firearm Violence

Physical Education Health and Recreation

Abstract Background: Firearm violence is an increasing health concern in the United States currently, and is a top ten cause of death in all age groups within the country (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Furthermore, college students are seen most often to be victims, perpetrators, and bystanders of firearm violence in the United States (Fox & Savage, 2009). This study aims to examine the relationship between firearm experience and perception of threat of firearm violence in a Northwest undergraduate college campus. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was used to assess demographics, experience with firearms, and perceived threat of firearm violence through a voluntary sampling method. Results: There was a negative correlation found between experience and perception of threat scores (r = -0.24). Furthermore, there was a significant difference found between the mean experience score of males (2.27) and females (1.44). Conclusion: The conclusion of this study considers a possible gender socialization effect on males and firearm experience and its impact on perception of firearm violence as a problem. Further, the mass perception of threat found by college students should be addressed by health educators to ensure mental wellness. Keywords: Firearm violence, firearm experience, perceptions of threat, college students.