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. 

 

To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.

           

Related Stories

  • New Program Helps Patients Learn to Laugh at Death
  • Media Campaign Spotlights Bridal Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan
  • The Legacy of Violence Against Children
 

 
disclaimer

The information provided on the PsyWeb.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of PsyWeb.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

PsyWeb Poll

Are you currently taking or have you ever been prescribed anti-depressants?
Yes
50%
No
50%
Total votes: 3979