KPA's President Responds to the Marshall County High School Shooting

"Being a native of Paducah and an alumna of Heath High School, where a school shooting occurred in 1997, the tragedy at nearby Marshall County High School has impacted me, along with many others, both deeply and personally. Mass violence results from complex and multifactorial issues that are challenging to understand and navigate. In an effort to promote healing for everyone affected by this tragedy, including bereaved families and friends; those injured physically and emotionally; first responders; fearful students, teachers, and community members; and anyone whose mental state creates a risk of hurting oneself or others, KPA is highlighting these available and appropriate resources."

Dr. Sarah Shelton
President, Kentucky Psychological Association


Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
As a parent, you may be struggling with how to talk with your children about a shooting. 
Web Article (April 2011)

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
You may be struggling to understand how a mass shooting could take place in a community, even a workplace or military base, and why such a terrible thing would happen.
Web Article (December 2012)

5 questions for Peter Langman
The foremost expert on school shooters dispels the myths that surround the perpetrators
Magazine Article (November 2017)

Talking to your children about the recent spate of school shootings
Every child will respond to trauma differently. Some will have no ill effects; others may suffer an immediate and acute effect. Still others may not show signs of stress until sometime after the event.

Media Advisory: Experts Available to Talk About Psychology Related to School Shootings
Psychologists can discuss what motivates mass shooters and how children and parents can deal with trauma and grief in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.
Press Release (December 2012)

Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy 
This report reviews research-based evidence on the causes of gun violence, including homicide, suicide or school shooting. How do mental health and mental illness affect prediction of gun violence? What can be done at the individual and community level to prevent gun violence?
Report (December 2013)

Challenging the Misperception That Schools Are Dangerous Places
In this episode, Dr. Dewey Cornell discusses his article that appeared in a special section of American Journal of Orthopsychiatry focused on gun violence. He argues that school safety should focus on the everyday problems of bullying and fighting while applying established preventative public health interventions.
Digital Media (July 2015)

Cynical Shyness Can Precipitate Violence in Males
School shooters may show signs such as lack of empathy, low frustration tolerance, anger outbursts, social rejection, bad family relations and access to weapons.
Press Release (August 2007)

Preventing Youth Gun Violence: What We Know and Still Need to Know
The causes of youth gun violence are complex and while focusing on just a single variable will probably not prevent shootings, understanding and preventing youth violence should be a national priority.
Press Release (January 2016)

The New Normal? Addressing Gun Violence in America
This issue of APA Journals Article Spotlight presents a summary of the articles within a special section on gun violence appearing in the May 2015 issue of American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.
Web Page (May 2015)

Understanding and Preventing Violence Directed Against Teachers
APA highlights potential predictors of violence directed against K-12 teachers, proposes strategies to promote safe classrooms and schools, and encourages a national research agenda for future policy.
Task Force Report (February 2011)

'Media Contagion' Is Factor in Mass Shootings, Study Says
People who commit mass shootings in America tend to share three traits: rampant depression, social isolation and pathological narcissism.
Press Release (August 2016)

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. 
Web Page (December 2013)