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ItemThe Relationship Between Minority Student Organization Membership and Willingness to Seek Mental Health Treatment, Mediated by Ethnic Identity(2022-04-21) Rowe, Greighson; Farreras, Ingrid; Hood College PsychologyThe following paper explored the relationship between ethnic minority student organization membership and involvement and willingness to seek professional mental health treatment, as mediated by ethnic identity. The hypotheses were that the greater the involvement in ethnic minority organizations, the greater the ethnic identity of the students, and that this mediator variable would be positively correlated with their attitudes toward seeking professional mental help. Independent sample t-tests comparing students involved and not involved in ethnic minority organizations found no statistically significant differences in help-seeking attitudes, but significant differences in ethnic identity. A linear regression with mediation analysis did not find significant correlations between degree of student involvement, ethnic identity, and help-seeking attitudes, but post-hoc LSD comparisons following a multivariate analysis of variance found significant race differences in help-seeking attitudes, with biracial/multiracial participants showing more willingness than Latinx/Hispanic participants to seek treatment. This study sheds light on the specific role student organizations may have on college initiatives to address mental health concerns on campus. ItemRenewing the Energy Debate: How Campaign Framing Influences Environmental Attitudes(2023-04-28) Nagel, Madelyn; Robinson, Carin; Eager, Paige; Kindahl, Eric; Hood College Political Science and Global Studies; Hood College Departmental HonorsPublic opinion is an increasingly powerful source that shapes the world around us, particularly in a democracy. Therefore, it is critical that the public is informed and educated about current events and issues to make informed decisions. The technique of framing can influence people’s attitudes toward the environment, energy sustainability, and willingness to take pro-environmental action. In this paper, I examine how framing effects can shape public opinion on the environment, with a focus on renewable energy. How does framing affect environmental attitudes? How does framing affect hypothetical candidates' support? Using an experimental survey, I tested three framing conditions (economic, moral, and social) carefully crafted from keywords/phrases from the 2020 Democratic and Republican Party Platforms. The most effective way to discuss the environment is through an economic frame. In comparison, when discussing the environment in a political or electoral context, a social frame had the most effect. This study suggests that business leaders, activists, or community organizations should consider using an economic frame when addressing the environment. While a social frame would be most effective in an electoral or political context. ItemResidential Segregation, Socioeconomic Deprivation, and Neighborhood Homicide Victimization(2021-04-25) Ciocco, Kevin; Safner, Ryan; Joshi, Janak; Kim, Sang; Tysse, Jill; The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business; Hood College Departmental HonorsThis paper estimates the effects of racial residential segregation and various factors of socioeconomic deprivation on Black and White neighborhood homicide victimization rates, in an effort to explain the gap in homicide incidence between the two racial groups. The effects of these variables on neighborhood homicide rates are approximated using socioeconomic data collected from the US Census Bureau at the census tract level in Baltimore, Maryland, from 2010 to 2019, for the non-Hispanic White and Black populations. Racially disaggregated homicide data was obtained from the Baltimore Sun, via the Baltimore Police Department. Examination of 200 Baltimore census tracts provides evidence that various socioeconomic factors are predictors of both White and Black homicide victimization. Additionally, the results suggest that racial residential segregation greatly amplifies the effects of socioeconomic deprivation on Black homicide victimization. This indicates that the gap in racial homicide victimization rates is linked to discriminatory laws and tactics carried out in the United States, as well as the disparities in socioeconomic affluence between Black and White Americans.