Psychology Of Terrorism

Hardcover | November 24, 2006

EditorBruce Bongar, Lisa M. Brown, Larry E. Beutler

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During the past decade, we have witnessed a dramatic transformation in the nature and uses of terrorism. In the 70s, it was often repeated that terrorists "want a lot of people watching, not a lot of people dead"; today, it is more accurate to say that terrorists want a lot of people dead,and even more people crippled by fear and grief. A major strategic intent of modern terrorists is to use larger scale physical attacks to cause stress in the general population. These changes in terrorist strategy have made it clear that we need better psychological and social responses toterrorism and man-made disasters. The psychological science needed to provide proper and effective treatment for victims of horrendous events, such as September 11th, and future potential terrorist acts, simply does not exist, so military, medical, and psychological experts must work together toimprove their understanding of mass casualty terrorism.In Psychology of Terrorism leading national and international experts present the first results of this effort, including the newest findings on treatment of and clinical responses to terrorism along with their respective underlying theories. They address the history of terrorism; types and effectsof weapons of mass destruction or disruption; the role of the military, government agencies, and volunteer groups in responding to terrorist threats; psychological consequences of terrorism; and treatment of special populations such as children and older adults.This volume will be an ideal text for both academic and professional courses as well as a comprehensive resource for mental health clinicians and researchers, medical care providers, educators, public health specialists, government employees, police and fire departments, and non-profit agencies thatprovide services and craft policy.

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During the past decade, we have witnessed a dramatic transformation in the nature and uses of terrorism. In the 70s, it was often repeated that terrorists "want a lot of people watching, not a lot of people dead"; today, it is more accurate to say that terrorists want a lot of people dead,and even more people crippled by fear and grie...

Bruce Bongar is at Stanford University School of Medicine. Lisa M. Brown is at University of South Florida.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 7.09 × 9.88 × 1.61 inPublished:November 24, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I.INTRODUCTION - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TERRORISM1. The Psychology of Terrorism: Defining the Need and Describing the Goals2. Mind Control in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: Fictional Concepts Become Operational Realities in Jim Jones's Jungle Experiment3. Psycolgical Issues in Understanding Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism4. The Need for Proficient Mental Health Professionals in the Study of Terrorism5. War Versus Justice in Response to Terrorist Attack: Competing Frames and their ImplicationsII.TERRORISM6. The Staircase to Terrorism: A Psychological Exploration7. Terrorism and the Media8. What is Terrorism? Key Elements and History9. Suicide Terrorism10. The Strategy of Terrorism and the Psychology of Mass-mediated FearIII.CONSEQUENCES OF TERRORISM11. The Rise of Religion, Spirituality and Faith-Based Community in Coping with Acts of Terrorism12. Psychological Consequences of Actual or Threatened CBRNE Terrorism13. Psychological Weapons of Mass Destruction through Vicarious Classical Conditioning14. Near-and Long-term Psychological Effects of Exposure to Terrorist Attacks15. The Response to Relief Organizations to Terrorist Attacks: An Overview of How the Red Cross and Other Relief Organizations Work in Conjunction with Other Agencies16. Understanding How Organizational Bias Influenced First Responders at the World Trade Center17. Warfare, Terrorism, and PsychologyIV.ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT18. Terrorism Stress Risk Assessment and Management19. Evidence-based Interventions for Survivors of Terrorism20. Neurobiological and Behavioral Consequences of Terrorism; Distinguishing Normal from Pathological Responses, Risk Profiling, and OptimizingResilience21. Older Adults and Terrorism22. Children and Terrorism: A Family Psychoeducational Approach23. Cultural Considerations: Caring for Culturally Diverse Communities in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks24. The Psychological Consequences of Terrorist AttacksV.PREVENTION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS IN REACTION TO ACTS OF TERRORISM25. Defusing Terrorism of Terror26. Psychological Resilience in the Face of Terrorism27. Promoting Resilience and Recovery in First Responders28. Integrating Medical, Public Health, and Mental Health Assets29. Reflections on the Psychology of TerrorismAPPENDIX: Resources in Psychology of TerrorismGLOSSARY

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"The contents of this volume provide an incredibly valuable and vital resource. The work of these contributors will enable our profession to more readily step forward and engage in research and clinical endeavors aimed at reducing both terrorist threats and the accompanying psychologicalconsequences. Although I rue the need for this excellent resource, I remain grateful for it."--From the foreword by Gerald P. Koocher, President, American Psychological Association (2006)