Dr. Melissa Smith Published in Social Science & Medicine

January 21, 2020

Assistant Professor Dr. Melissa Smith, Dominique Smith, MSW Alumni and colleagues have a new paper published in Social Science & Medicine that examines 1) the prevalence and demographic differences in exposure to gun violence fatality; 2) the associations between exposure and depression, psychological distress, suicidal ideation and psychosis-like experiences; and 3) the interaction between race and exposure in relation to depression, psychological distress, suicidal ideation and psychotic experiences. 


Findings suggest that vicarious exposure to gun violence fatality is widespread, disproportionately experienced by racial/ethnic minorities, and related to a higher prevalence of mental health symptoms. More details can be found at  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953619305829?dgcid=author

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