» The Social Reality Index: A National Survey of Fears

The faculty will develop a PR campaign related to the results and hold a PR event in the fall of 2014.

 There are also several related articles in the planning stages that involve subgroups of faculty within the group, including:

  • An examination of the preferred explanations Americans have for criminal behavior
  • An exploration of how religious beliefs and affiliations are correlated with fears about society
  • A paper that examines the frequency with which Americans believe in upcoming natural or social disasters and the extent to which they attempt to "prepare" for them.

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+ - Research projects

  • Fears of crime and criminal victimization
  • Perceptions of societal change
  • Fears and concerns about immigration
  • Attitudes about homosexuality
  • The relationship of religion to fears about society
  • Survivalism

+ - Grants/funding

The first wave of the survey is funded from existing grants.  For subsequent waves we plan to apply for external funding to NSF.

+ - Student research

The group utilized a large group of students to develop the first draft of the survey through a special topics class taught by Christopher Bader during Interterm 2014.  We will continue to involve students in the process of develop subsequent waves. 

We plan to incorporate the datasets into our curriculum, using them as a unique data source that can be used in methods classes and as a dataset that students can use to develop their theses.

Finally, faculty will include students in the process of writing related articles whenever possible.  For example, Bader will write an article with two students from the interterm class regarding American explanations for criminal behavior.