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The Relationships Among Moral Judgement, Social Identification, And Stigmitization, Rebecca Isaacs Apr 2018

The Relationships Among Moral Judgement, Social Identification, And Stigmitization, Rebecca Isaacs

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Stigma has had a perceived link with the concept of morality since the Grecian era (Goffman, 1963). The purpose of this study was to see if there was a correlation between moral judgement (using the Defining Issues Test 2; DIT2), social identification (using the Identification with all Humanity Scale; IWAHS) and stigma attributions toward those with mental illness. Specifically, whether those with a heightened sense of identification with all humanity and more developed moral judgement schemas are less likely to make negative stigma attributions toward persons with mental illness. The results this study supported correlations between those variables and the ...


Examining The Influence Of Negative Labeling On Educational Aspirations, Jessie Schartung Jul 2015

Examining The Influence Of Negative Labeling On Educational Aspirations, Jessie Schartung

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Teenagers are not yet fully developed, creating their self-identity, full of aspiration, and exploring their world through sometimes harmless acts. While it has long been acknowledged that delinquency can lead to a life of crime, criminologists vary on whether a criminal disposition is caused by internal and/or external forces. Labeling theory suggests it could be the negative labels placed upon youth that could inhibit future aspirations more so than the delinquent acts themselves. Using data from the National Youth Survey, this study examines the influence of negative labeling by significant others on educational aspirations among youth with varying levels ...


Ua1c11/63 Mike Mcdowell Photo Collection, Wku Archives Jan 2015

Ua1c11/63 Mike Mcdowell Photo Collection, Wku Archives

WKU Archives Collection Inventories

Photographs of WKU Police Department personnel, students and activities taken by Mike Dowell.


Martin, Jerry W. (Sc 2871), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2014

Martin, Jerry W. (Sc 2871), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2871. “A Dark and Bloody Ground: A Synopsis of the Lives of Micajah and Wiley Harpe,” by Dr. Jerry W. Martin. The illustrated paper, the basis for a presentation to the E.Q.B. Club of Bowling Green, Kentucky, recounts the lives of Kentucky outlaws Micajah and Wiley Harpe.


From Within The Abyss: Drug Users In Areas Of Rural Poverty, G. Eric Latham, Jr. May 2014

From Within The Abyss: Drug Users In Areas Of Rural Poverty, G. Eric Latham, Jr.

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

This research was completed to deal with many unanswered questions regarding drug use, specifically drug use in areas of rural poverty. Look at any "Faces of Meth" billboard or listen to any corporate-news program and one might assume there is a drug epidemic in rural areas. Without research, this allows the viewer to assume that poverty is the fault of the drug user who happens to live in rural places. This study sought to take a qualitative and ethnographic methodology to "embed" the researcher in this setting to see for himself whether these views were valid or invalid. The questions ...


Street, James William, 1858-1944 (Mss 478), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2013

Street, James William, 1858-1944 (Mss 478), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Collection 478. Account books and journals of James William Street, recording his activities and local events, primarily in Henderson and Lyon counties in Kentucky. He also records the 1908-1909 activities of the Night Riders in the region.


Assessing The Efficacy Of A Modified Therapeutic Community On The Reduction Of Institutional Write-Ups In A Medium Security Prison, Lee Wayne Maglinger, Aaron W. Hughey, Monica Galloway Burke Jul 2013

Assessing The Efficacy Of A Modified Therapeutic Community On The Reduction Of Institutional Write-Ups In A Medium Security Prison, Lee Wayne Maglinger, Aaron W. Hughey, Monica Galloway Burke

Counseling & Student Affairs Faculty Publications

This study explored the impact a modified TC (Therapeutic Community) had on reducing institutional disorder as documented by institutional write-ups. The number of institutional write-ups exhibited by clients participating in a modified TC was compared with the number of write-ups exhibited by inmates in five non-treatment units over a four-year period. ANOVA (analysis of variance) revealed that the number of write-ups exhibited by clients in the TC was significantly lower than the number exhibited by inmates in the other five dorms (F(4, 24) = 5.61, p < 0.002).Further, when examined by category of offense (major/minor), it was found that the write-ups of clients in the TC generally were not as severe as those exhibited by inmates in the general prison population. The implications of these findings for corrections administrators are discussed and specific recommendations are provided.


Boaz, Peggy Bradley, B. 1951 (Sc 979), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Mar 2013

Boaz, Peggy Bradley, B. 1951 (Sc 979), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 979. Thesis titled, “The Oral Folk History Surrounding the Life of William Bernard ‘Big Six’ Henderson,” written by Peggy Bradley Boaz for Western Kentucky University’s Folk Studies Program, 1976. Also associated newspaper clippings, 1978, 1987 (2).


Ford, Bess (Sc 2664), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2013

Ford, Bess (Sc 2664), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2664. Paper titled "Outlaws of Kentucky" by Bess Ford which examines individual outlaws from Kentucky history.


Ua12/8 Annual Campus Security & Fire Report, Wku Police Jan 2013

Ua12/8 Annual Campus Security & Fire Report, Wku Police

WKU Archives Records

This report is designed to provide students, prospective students, parents, faculty, and staff with accurate crime statistics, information on university services, and crime prevention programs. These programs are designed to help inform our campus community about safety practices that will help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. These safe practices can provide individuals with vital information that they can carry with them through college and beyond, keeping them safe for the rest of their lives.


Cornette, Elmer (Sc 491), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jul 2012

Cornette, Elmer (Sc 491), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 491. Typed copy of biographical sketches of Albert and Charles Wing of Greenville, Kentucky, written by Elmer Cornette, and a letter to Elizabeth Coombs of the Kentucky Library.


Hagerman, Henry Thomas (Sc 443), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Jul 2012

Hagerman, Henry Thomas (Sc 443), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small collection 443. Copies of legal papers setting the execution date of Jim Buckner, African American, Marion County, Kentucky, as 9 June 1911, and stay of execution by Acting Governor William Hopkinson Cox until 8 July 1911, because of the incompletion of the installation of the electrocution apparatus. Henry Thomas Hagerman, warden of Kentucky Penitentiary, Eddyville, attested to Buckner’s death.


Community-Oriented Policing Strategies When Handling Nonviolent Drug Offenders, Michael J. Layle May 2012

Community-Oriented Policing Strategies When Handling Nonviolent Drug Offenders, Michael J. Layle

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

In this study, I analyze the responses of police officers to questions regarding their involvement in the use of Community-Oriented Policing strategies. When the officer encounters a drug offender they must decide how to deal with the situation. There are a variety of trained responses and policies available. The data is grouped into nine variables; time in law enforcement, time in department, perceived support, perceived barriers, COP strategy, COP action, prevention, help, and citation. The data is then analyzed using structural equation modeling.


The Protective Factors And Life Outcomes Of Youth Exposed To Community Violence, Patricia Bamwine May 2012

The Protective Factors And Life Outcomes Of Youth Exposed To Community Violence, Patricia Bamwine

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

There is an increasing interest in the life outcomes of youth that are exposed to community violence. Previous research has found that community violence has a direct effect on youth development. It has also shown that there are economic costs for communities that have high levels of community violence. Thus far, the literature on youth in these areas has focused on protective factors such as school connectedness, family connectedness, religion and positive life outcomes. There is little research on the affects of mentoring on life outcomes for individuals that were exposed to community violence during adolescence. This study explores mentoring ...


Ua12/8 Annual Campus Security And Fire Report, Wku Police Jan 2012

Ua12/8 Annual Campus Security And Fire Report, Wku Police

WKU Archives Records

This report is designed to provide students, prospective students, parents, faculty, and staff with accurate crime statistics, information on university services, and crime prevention programs. These programs are designed to help inform our campus community about safety practices that will help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. These safe practices can provide individuals with vital information that they can carry with them through college and beyond, keeping them safe for the rest of their lives.


Ua1f Wku Police Department Bibliography, Wku Archives Jan 2012

Ua1f Wku Police Department Bibliography, Wku Archives

WKU Archives Records

Bibliography of newspaper articles and primary resources regarding the WKU Police Department.


Ua12/8 Wku Police, Wku Archives Jan 2012

Ua12/8 Wku Police, Wku Archives

WKU Archives Collection Inventories

Records created by and about the WKU Police Department.


Evaluating The Effectiveness Of An Internship Program, Daniel Jackel Dec 2011

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of An Internship Program, Daniel Jackel

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

The traditional way to learn about social sciences in a university setting includes taking courses that teach theoretical frameworks and scientific methodologies that are required for one’s major area of study. The courses that are taught to students are determined by what major they sign up for. After a student has taken all required courses,what skills does the student have to take with him after graduation?

Whether participation is pursued solely for academic credit, for career development, or for civic engagement, an experiential experience typically enhances a student’s connection between academic content and “real world” applications. Bridging ...


Geographic Factors Of Residential Burglaries - A Case Study In Nashville, Tennessee, Jonathan A. Hall Nov 2010

Geographic Factors Of Residential Burglaries - A Case Study In Nashville, Tennessee, Jonathan A. Hall

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

This study examines geographic patterns and geographic factors of residential burglary at the Nashville, TN area for a twenty year period at five year interval starting in 1988. The purpose of this study is to identify what geographic factors have impacted on residential burglary rates, and if there were changes in the geographic patterns of residential burglary over the study period. Several criminological theories guide this study, with the most prominent being Social Disorganization Theory and Routine Activities Theory. Both of these theories focus on the relationships of place and crime. A number of spatial analysis methods are hence adopted ...


The Conceptualization Of Genocide In The International Media: A Case Study Of Darfur, Kayla Costello May 2009

The Conceptualization Of Genocide In The International Media: A Case Study Of Darfur, Kayla Costello

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

Cross-national crime studies are often plagued with conceptualization issues. In specific, some countries may define certain acts of violence as crimes, whereas others may perceive these acts as justifiable or culturally prescribed. This difference in conceptualization is especially the case with the crime of genocide, which the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 1948 defines “as any of a number of acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.” Despite this legal definition, countries, organizations, institutions or individuals may label a crisis as ...


Influences On Juvenile-Justice Court Dispositions: Sentencing Disparities, Race, Legal Representation, Degree Of Offending, And Conflict In The Juvenile Justice System, Sharon Walker Dec 2008

Influences On Juvenile-Justice Court Dispositions: Sentencing Disparities, Race, Legal Representation, Degree Of Offending, And Conflict In The Juvenile Justice System, Sharon Walker

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

No abstract provided.


Ua12/2/1 College Heights Herald, Vol. 84, No. 16, Wku Student Affairs Oct 2008

Ua12/2/1 College Heights Herald, Vol. 84, No. 16, Wku Student Affairs

WKU Archives Records

WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Articles in this issue:

  • Paul, Corey. Fights & Frenzy
  • Day, Michelle. Gunfire Unconfirmed, Investigation Continues
  • Hale, Marianne. Campus, Community Voice Concerns
  • Timeline of Events
  • Slitz, Alex. A Thousand Words – Charus Changchit
  • Howerton, Christina. Enrollment Increases 2.6 Percent
  • Howerton, Christina. Task Force Explores Ways to Make College Cost Less
  • Gadbois, Chris. Rudeness Isn’t an Issue with Shuttle Drivers
  • Bonneau-Kaya, Chrystal. Objectification of Women is Dehumanizing, Wrong
  • Schwab, Edmond. Learn the Background of the Financial Troubles
  • Bybee, Sarah. Please Slow Down and Watch Out for Pedestrians
  • Cawthorn, Shawna. Poor Football ...


Commonwealth Of Kentucky V. William P. King, Et Al, 1867 (Sc 1744), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Sep 2008

Commonwealth Of Kentucky V. William P. King, Et Al, 1867 (Sc 1744), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 1744. Photocopy of court trial of William P. King, Charles Smith, Abner Owen and seven others for the murder of Harvey King. Defendants and victim had all participated in a previous train robbery. Includes testimony, instructions to the jury, and order of execution.


Whites, Pierce Butler (Fa 260), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives May 2008

Whites, Pierce Butler (Fa 260), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Collection 260. Paper: "Reflections on Attitudes Towards Drugs in East Kentucky" written by Pierce Butler Whites for a Western Kentucky University folk studies class.


Kentucky State Penitentiary - Deeds, 1884 (Sc 1586), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Feb 2008

Kentucky State Penitentiary - Deeds, 1884 (Sc 1586), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 1586. Copies of fifteen deeds for land in Lyon County, Kentucky near Eddyville on which the Kentucky State Penitentiary was built.


Emergency Department Utilization Among Victims And Offenders Involved In Non-Lethal Violence, Jerry Daday, Lisa M. Broidy, Cameron S. Crandall Jan 2008

Emergency Department Utilization Among Victims And Offenders Involved In Non-Lethal Violence, Jerry Daday, Lisa M. Broidy, Cameron S. Crandall

Sociology Faculty Publications

The medical literature has focused on violent victimization as a public health concern, examining its correlates and evaluating intervention models. However, the emphasis on victimization in this literature overlooks the strong ties between victimization and offending risks outlined in the criminological literature, which may unnecessarily limit the scope of public health efforts to influence violence in our communities. This study examines whether the similarities observed in the criminological literature are evident in a health care setting. More specifically, do victims and offenders exhibit similar health care utilization patterns? We address this question by comparing the emergency department utilization records, criminal ...


Institutional-Anomie, Political Corruption, And Homicide Rates, Jerry K. Daday, Lisa M. Broidy, Dale Willits Nov 2007

Institutional-Anomie, Political Corruption, And Homicide Rates, Jerry K. Daday, Lisa M. Broidy, Dale Willits

Sociology Faculty Presentations

Messner and Rosenfeld’s institutional-anomie theory (IAT) has advanced our understanding of cross-national variation in homicide rates. Empirical tests of IAT have primarily examined how non-economic institutions alleviate or mitigate the mal-effects of economic inequality and economic deprivation. As economic institutions gain strength and dominance, non-economic institutions tend to weaken and are forced to accommodate the market. This creates an elevated state of institutional anomie that is conducive to higher violent crime rates. Most cross-national quantitative tests of IAT have examined the comparative strength of economic and social support institutions (especially social welfare) and find support for the theory. However ...


Ua12/2/1 College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 2, Wku Student Affairs Aug 2007

Ua12/2/1 College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 2, Wku Student Affairs

WKU Archives Records

WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news.


Ua12/8 Annual Report, Wku Police Jun 2007

Ua12/8 Annual Report, Wku Police

WKU Archives Records

Statistical report of crimes reported to and services rendered by the WKU Police Department during the fiscal year 2004-2007. Includes some five year comparisons.


Ua12/8 Departmental Update, Wku Police Jan 2007

Ua12/8 Departmental Update, Wku Police

WKU Archives Records

2007 WKU Police departmental newsletters.