Coping with Terrorism

Terrorism (n)   The use of the use of  indiscriminate violence to create terror or fear for the purpose of achieving  a political, religious, or ideological goal.

We've all been affected by terrorism, whether directly or indirectly.   Memories of the 9/11 attacks, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as recent "lone wolf" attacks in North America and Europe often leave us horrified and afraid of future attacks.    While we tend to feel reasonably insulated from all but the worst attacks (we hope), what about the ones who have to deal with the threat of terrorism on a daily basis?   For troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, aid workers in high-risk deployments, and people simply living their lives in numerous hot spots around the world, the risk of death or serious injury is something they must live with regularly.   

A new study published in the International Journal of Stress Management examines some of the coping styles used in dealing with the daily threat of terrorism and how effective these coping styles are.  Written by Keren Cohen-Louck and Sarah Ben-David of Ariel University in Israel, the study focuses on 400 Israeli adults (54 percent female with an average age of 30).   Of these participants, 26 percent reported having been personally affected by terrorism, 25.5 percent having relatives who had been affected, and 42.7 having friends who had been affected. 


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