-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) -- One in five Americans
knows a victim of gun violence and four in 10 are worried about
becoming the victim of gun violence, according to a new poll
released by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Among the 20 percent of respondents who said they know a victim
of gun violence, most said that person was a family member, good
friend or even themselves. Blacks (42 percent) and people aged 18
to 29 (28 percent) were most likely to know a victim of gun
Members of racial and ethnic minorities were most likely to say
they worried about becoming victims of gun violence, with 75
percent of Hispanics and 62 percent of blacks expressing such
concern, compared with 30 percent of whites, according to a Kaiser
The Kaiser Health Tracking Survey involved telephone interviews
conducted with more than 1,200 adults from Feb. 14 to 19, as gun
control re-emerges as a major political issue following the
Newtown, Conn., school shooting of Dec. 14, 2012.
The poll also examined experiences and attitudes about mental
illness and mental health care following the Newtown tragedy.
Three-quarters of respondents said people with severe mental health
issues experience "a lot" or "some" discrimination. That's higher
than the number who said the same about minorities, women and
people with physical disabilities.
The survey also revealed that many people hold potentially
stigmatizing attitudes about people with mental illnesses.
Two-thirds of parents said they would not feel comfortable having a
person with a serious mental illness work in their child's school,
41 percent said they would feel uncomfortable working alongside
them and 47 percent said they would feel at least somewhat
uncomfortable living next door to such a person.
Eight percent of all respondents said someone in their household
has had difficulty getting needed mental health care, but the rate
was 20 percent among those without health insurance. The most
common barrier to mental health care was cost, followed by
insurance coverage issues and confusion over where to seek
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