Retired US Army Staff Sergeant, AJ Powell, spent the last 12 months (from January through December, 2014) researching and analyzing 2 years worth of data that included millions of individuals exercising generalizable social indifference towards Veterans and Veterans issues, and summarized his findings in a nearly 15,000 word-long report.
The study, titled: “Are Veterans Subjected to Social Indifference?“, was an unsponsored, individually conducted, inductive research study that covered 2 years worth of data and finished in December, 2014. Analysis of the data was completed using a multifaceted approach of sociological and social-psychological theories and data analysis to isolate indifference and test for its presence and generalizability across a societal cohort of millions. The study documents the negative impact on Veterans, the Veterans communities, and Veterans social causes, that is created as a direct result of society-wide generalizable social indifference towards Veterans and Veterans social issues.
The study itself lays the foundation for uncovering the impact of social indifference against Veterans at the societal level, and has never been done before. It contributes to the field of sociology and social-psychology by creating a new method for isolating social indifference from other possibilities, proving that social indifference exists towards a subject, shows that indifference can be directed towards a specific subject (Veterans), shows generalizability at the societal level, shows evidence of just how social indifference negatively impacts Veterans and the entire Veteran community, lays the groundwork for opening the door into whole new areas of social study on Veterans issues from a social perspective, and finally, it shows how indifference is a major social problem that has primary and secondary effects that impact Veterans in a large array of other issues – for example, that social indifference might actually be one of several root causes tied directly to Veterans suicide and the massive “22+” a day figure.
The study was accepted into the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal after being compared against submissions from students at universities across the United States, all of which are put through an extensive double-blind peer review process. The Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal is a peer-reviewed, professional-level, open-access academic publication that is committed to publishing manuscripts of the highest scholarship resulting from significant scientific research or outstanding scientific analysis. Each paper published in the CUSJ undergoes a double-blind peer review process facilitated by the Journal‘s Editorial Review Board and a faculty review by a member of the Faculty Advisory Board. Publication in the CUSJ is highly competitive with submissions accepted nationwide, and the Journal only prints once a year at the end of the Spring Semester.
SSG (Ret.) Powell wishes to share the study with others so that it can be used to help the public understand a very real and serious issue that is severely damaging the entire Veterans community, damaging a vast array of efforts that try to help and aid Veterans, and so others can use it towards application in their own research efforts as well.
THE COMPLETE CUSJ 2015 EDITION IN PDF FORMAT CAN BE DOWNLOADED DIRECTLY BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK:
OR YOU CAN VISIT THE CUSJ WEBSITE AND DOWNLOAD THE STUDY IN PDF FORMAT INDIVIDUALLY DIRECT FROM THEIR OPEN DATABASE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK:
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