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Ida and Mark Mills

Ida and Mark Mills

GLENVILLE, WV—A pair of Glenville State College professors recently had a study published in the July issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work. Assistant Professor of Social Work and GSC Social Science Department Chair Dr. Ida Mills and her husband, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Department Chair, Mark Mills authored the piece titled ‘Gun Control: College Student Attitudes and the Meaning for Appalachian Social Workers.’ Contemporary Rural Social Work is an online journal devoted to the development of knowledge about rural social work and to the promotion of excellence in rural practice.

The purpose of their study was to consider what makes compromise and consensus on the issue of gun control so difficult and to consider those influences and implications for rural social workers.

“It was certainly comments by students in criminal justice and sociology classes that aroused our curiosity on this subject, but it was the tragedy at Newtown [Connecticut] that kick-started our interest and concern,” said Ida Mills.

During the spring 2013 semester they distributed a survey in which the pair collected data from nearly 300 GSC students. The questionnaire ranged from the importance of having a firearm for protection to the banning of assault rifles. They were then able to base their study on those results.

“It is nice to be recognized in a peer-reviewed journal.  We also presented the information in July 2013 at a national rural social work conference and at the 2014 West Virginia Social Work Conference,” said Ida Mills.

For more information on their research, contact either professor at or Click here to read the article in its entirety.

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