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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Asuncion Miteria Austria, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

War casualties; Well-being; Public opinion


Preliminary survey evidence suggests the majority of adult Americans view the world, including America, as experiencing a recent and remote history of increasing rates of deaths related to warfare and violent crime. Contrary to this possibly commonly held belief, a large body of evidence demonstrates that we may be living in the most peaceful point in human history both at home and abroad. It is possible that the majority of Americans hold a view of a world and country which have become more violent when the converse is objectively true. Further research to define prevailing views on historic trends in global and American rates of death related to warfare and crime is warranted. This was the first principal goal of this research project. Individuals and groups often envision a likely future world, based on, at least in part, a continuation of past trends. It is possible that hope, or lack thereof, for a more peaceful world in the future is being dampened by a commonly held view of America and the world as having become more violent. This question is a testable hypothesis and one worth exploring. Correlating the relationship, if any, between perceived past rates of death due to warfare and homicide and beliefs of perceived likely future rates was the second principal goal of this study. Emotional health may be negatively impacted by the perception of a world and homeland becoming increasingly more violent. As such, the final principal goal of this research project was to explore the relationship, if any, between expected future rates of death related to war and homicide and emotional well-being.


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