Title

Societal Paradox: Wary of Welfare but Sympathetic of the Poor

Date

5-29-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Studies have shown that society is empathetic towards individuals deemed poor but that they judge individuals receiving welfare benefits harshly. Understanding how society differentiates between these two groups helps provide understanding of how stereotypes are formed. A survey was administered asking participants to rate their feelings about public policy spending aimed at the poor and welfare in order to capture unfavorable attitudes about either group. A feeling thermometer designed to capture emotional responses was used when asking participants questions about the poor and welfare recipients. Findings revealed that there is empathy for the poor and for the programs that could help them. Findings further revealed a negative, less favorable opinion of welfare recipients and welfare programs, even though these are the very programs that often help and support the poor.

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May 29th, 9:00 AM May 29th, 11:00 AM

Societal Paradox: Wary of Welfare but Sympathetic of the Poor

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Studies have shown that society is empathetic towards individuals deemed poor but that they judge individuals receiving welfare benefits harshly. Understanding how society differentiates between these two groups helps provide understanding of how stereotypes are formed. A survey was administered asking participants to rate their feelings about public policy spending aimed at the poor and welfare in order to capture unfavorable attitudes about either group. A feeling thermometer designed to capture emotional responses was used when asking participants questions about the poor and welfare recipients. Findings revealed that there is empathy for the poor and for the programs that could help them. Findings further revealed a negative, less favorable opinion of welfare recipients and welfare programs, even though these are the very programs that often help and support the poor.