Master of Science in Psychology Student Thesis Collection

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Students completing the Master of Science in Psychology program at Purdue Global may elect to complete a thesis as the program's culminating experience. Select students are invited to submit their thesis for inclusion in the University Archive.


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    True Crime Media Consumption and Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    (2022) Rush, Mackenzee
    The current research study aimed to examine the relationship between crime-related media consumption and fear of crime in individuals with the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder compared to individuals without the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The study utilized Facebook and Facebook groups for the targeted population. The targeted population was adults over the age of 18 with and without the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The study used a survey method that included a demographic questionnaire, a True Crime Media Consumption Questionnaire, the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7), and a Fear of Crime Scale. The total population was 131 participants. The results of the study indicate that there is significant correlation between the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and fear of crime in individuals. Individuals with the diagnosis of GAD scored higher on the Fear of Crime Scale than individuals without the diagnosis. Further research would be beneficial in generalizing the results of the study.
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    Electronic Device Usage and Its Effect on Memory and Cognition
    (2022) Andel, Sean
    This research was conducted to test if the amount of time spent on electronic devices affects cognition. There were a total of 61 participants, six were removed due to incomplete participation, leaving 55 for the analysis. Participants were aged 18 -69 and identified as male, female, or preferred not to answer. Participants were asked to memorize a list of words, which would be then recalled later in the test. They were then exposed to a short video as a distractor task, after which they selected from a list of words all they could recall from the initial list. Volunteers were asked to participate in a reaction time test. Results did not show a significant difference between groups in support of the hypothesis. Previous studies have shown similar outcomes with respect to testing if different areas of cognition are affected by device usage. This prior research is further supported by this research since all groups measured were shown to have similar measured results. These results and previous studies support the current research as both returned like results.
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    Suicide Among United States Navy Sailors: Contributing Factors
    (2022) Cardin, Stefanie E.
    The purpose of this study was to determine if there are any contributing factors specific to the United States Navy that play a role in suicide, suicide ideation, and suicidal behaviors in United States Navy (USN) sailors. There were 130 participants; 93 were active-duty and 37 were inactive. This was a self-report survey distributed online, through messaging, and through flyers. The data collected was both quantitative and qualitative. The data was collected using Surveymonkey. Pretests and posttests, paired t-tests, and chi square tests were conducted using Excel and IBM SPSS to determine any significant differences and any significant correlations. Significant differences (p=<.001) were found between SBQ-R scores, item 1 on the SBQ-R, item 2 on the SBQ-R before and after joining the USN, being in a relationship and not being in a relationship and being active-duty and inactive (reserves/separated/retired). Significant correlations were found between age and likelihood of suicide in the future, dependents and suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior, rate and likelihood of suicide in the future, location (fleet) and suicide ideation and suicidal behavior, and time spent away from homeport (underway, deployment, etc.) and suicide ideation and suicide attempts. Results suggest that factors specific to the USN do affect suicide, suicide ideation, and suicidal behaviors in USN sailors.
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    The Role of Knowledge as a Mediating Factor of Stigma towards Mental Health: The Impact of Knowledge about Mental Illness and Stigma Levels
    (2022) Gammans, Mackenzie
    The present study examined the impact of knowledge on stigma levels. Online participants in the United States (N=205) completed a survey containing measures for levels of stigma and mental health literacy. Correlations were conducted, analyzed, and found that as knowledge increased, stigma decreased. Each of the correlations between stigma and knowledge were significant at <.001. Two of the correlations showed a moderate effect and two showed a small effect between the stigma and knowledge. Finding support knowledge can be used as a tool to decrease stigma. Future research should focus on using a more random sample.
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    Adolescents at Risk for Suicide: Parents’ Perception in Implementing a Mandatory Suicide Screening Schedule and Importance of Parent Involvement
    (2022) Mota, Janet
    Should parents be more concerned and pay more attention to their adolescents’ behaviors? What signs of possible thoughts of suicide should parents be looking out for? This current study proposes the need for mandatory suicide screenings during early and late adolescence to not only help parents but to help our society in monitoring the mental health of our adolescents on a routine, early intervention, and resourceful approach. Nearly 100 parents volunteered to complete a 20-question questionnaire to gather their opinion on whether mandatory suicide screenings are necessary among our adolescents today. Three variables are measured: the belief in suicide prevention, parent involvement, and the need for mandatory screenings. Volunteers were made known of this study through two different platforms. Results showed nearly half of the participants had known someone in their family or close to them who has attempted suicide at least once. A total of 30.43% reported having lost someone in their family or someone close to them to suicide. A positive correlation was seen between individuals with a strong belief in the importance of suicide prevention and their perception of mandatory screenings.