Collaboratory Against Hate Working Group will Survey 1,000 Veterans about Extremist Ideologies and Behaviors in the Military

January 31, 2023

To better understand how extremism affects the veteran community, this working group will conduct a survey of 1,000 veterans across the U.S. in February. The survey was developed in consultation with experts in the military field and will be run in partnership with Amerispeak, an online survey research firm, who will provide the veteran panel and conduct the survey. In addition, the working group will conduct one on one interviews with 50 veterans to better understand the extent to which extremism exists in an effort to develop appropriate interventions. Also on track is the survey that was developed in collaboration with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a health science university of the U.S. federal government. This survey will dovetail with the survey of veterans, but will be specific to those inside of a Department of Defense (DOD) institution to better understand how extremism is perceived, defined and addressed.  The group hopes to conclude the work by summer, which will also include an overview of the literature on extremism and an assessment of extremists databases.

This Collaboratory Against Hate working group is co-led by Lisa Nelson, Associate Professor, and Ronald Poropatich, Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences, both at the University of Pittsburgh.

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