Gun Violence Prevention
Gun violence affects society in many ways, including higher medical costs, reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence and stresses on the criminal justice system. The United States has the highest rate of gun-related injuries among developed countries, as well as the highest rate of gun ownership. The question before psychology is what can the science tell us about the most effective methods to reduce gun violence.
APA Information on Gun Violence Prevention
Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy
Major APA study emphasizes role of healthy early development and access to mental health services for those who need it.
My View: Why are young men pulling the trigger? (Opinion)
by Eric Mankowski PhD
Jan. 9, 2014: Portland Tribune (Note: Eric Mankowski served on the APA Task Force on Gun Violence.)
Joel Dvoskin: Gun Violence (Opinion)
Dec. 5, 2013: Arizona Daily Star (Note: Joel Dvoskin served on the APA Task Force on Gun Violence.)
APA-wide initiatives to prevent gun violence have involved communications with the White House, executive agencies, Congress, other organizations, APA members, the news media and the general public in support of vital mental and behavioral health services, training and research.
The American Psychological Association recommends a combination of education, training, access to mental health treatment, program funding and research to reduce the impact of gun-related violence in the United States.
Reacting to the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
The American Psychological Association collects information and advice to help deal with the emotions and questions arising from recent mass shootings.
Research on Gun Violence
American Psychological Association Applauds Provisions of White House Plan to Stem Gun Violence
Jan. 17, 2013: American Psychological Association
APA’s Anderson Meets With Obama Administration Officials to Provide Input on Violence Prevention Proposals
Jan. 10, 2013: American Psychological Association
Violence Against Teachers Spurs Urgent Call to Action
Jan. 7, 2013: American Psychological Association
Media Advisory: Experts Available to Talk About Psychology Related to School Shootings
Dec. 14, 2012: American Psychological Association
Five Questions on the Tucson, Ariz., Shootings for Psychologist Joel Dvoskin, PhD
Jan. 12, 2011: American Psychological Association
For Virginia Tech Community, Anxiety and Sadness May Increase on Anniversary of School Shootings
April 11, 2008: American Psychological Association
Monitor on Psychology Articles
From the CEO—Virginia Tech: What Can We Do?
June 2007 American Psychological Association
APA Offices and Programs
Violence Prevention Office
This area of APA’s Public Interest Directorate is responsible for disseminating research-based information on violence and injury prevention.