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The Trauma of Terrorism
Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook

ISBN 9780789027733
Published February 15, 2005 by Routledge
928 Pages

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Book Description

Learn intervention strategies to counter the effects of terrorism

In the twenty-first century, terrorism has become an international scourge whose effect devastates individuals, weakens societies, and cripples nations. The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook and Shared Care provides a comprehensive, penetrating look at the effects of terrorism, at the prevention and treatment of immediate and long-term sequelae, at preparedness for terrorism, and at the range of individual, community, and national responses. International authorities discuss the latest knowledge and research about terror, its root causes, and its psychological impact on individuals, families, societies, and nations, as well as the societal and political responses and services that may help lessen its impact.

The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook analyzes the full scope of terrorism. This compendium explores numerous issues in detail, such as the nature and psychology of terrorism, how to foster a community’s capacity for resilience, the psychosocial consequences of terrorism in children and adults, the centrality of traumatic grief, the need for multicultural understanding in services and treatment, interventions for children and adolescents, training programs for mental health professionals, and proactive community organization in the face of terrorism. Treatment options and services are thoroughly explored and their effectiveness evaluated. Chapters are international in scope, well-referenced, and geared to provide thoroughly reasoned recommendations to lessen the effects of terrorism. Original witness voices from survivors and professionals worldwide give depth to the scientific character of the book. Helpful tables and graphs clearly illustrate data and ideas.

The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook presents in-depth examinations of:

The Origins of Terrorism in Modern Society

  • the origin and nature of terrorism
  • terrorism as a strategy of psychological warfare
  • the content and form of terrorism propaganda
  • tactical and strategic terrorism
  • the motivations of suicide bombers
The Psychological Consequences of Terrorism
  • the psychological impact of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • the PTSD effects of watching terrorist attacks on television
  • the effects of acute stress symptoms on the general population after a national trauma
  • somatization and bioterrorism
  • the short- and long-term effects of terrorism on an individual
  • the importance of measuring grief in the context of terrorism
  • the psychological burden of bioterrorism
  • the psychological impact of terrorism on children and families
  • post-traumatic distress in adolescents with exposure to ongoing terrorism
The Impact of Terrorism on Individuals, Groups, and Society
  • terrorism’s toll on civil liberties
  • media-oriented terrorism
  • media guidelines for helping reduce individual and national traumatic reactivity to terrorism
  • culture-sensitive interventions in the treatment of terrorism
  • the effects of terrorism on refugees
Psychological First Aid, Acute and Long-Term Treatment Following Terrorist Attacks
  • mental health interventions in hospitals following terrorist attacks
  • treating survivors in an ongoing terrorist situation
  • the treatment of children impacted by the World Trade Center attack
  • traumatic bereavement, and its link to terrorism
School- and Community-Based Interventions in the Face of Terrorist Attacks
  • the “Building Resilience” Project-school-based interventions for children
  • community-based interventions like “Project Liberty” and

Table of Contents

  • About the Contributors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Terrorism: The United Nations and the Search for Shared Solutions (David Malone)
  • The Trauma of Terrorism: Contextual Considerations (Yael Danieli, Danny Brom, and Joe Sills)
  • The Origins and Nature of Terrorism: Foundations and Issues (Anthony J. Marsella and Fathali M. Moghaddam)
  • Terrorism as a Strategy of Psychological Warfare (Boaz Ganor)
  • Tales from the Underground (Gerald Cromer)
  • Aum Shinrikyo: The Threshold Crossed (Robert Jay Lifton)
  • Voice: Murdered Twin Buddhas and Annihilated Twin Towers: Traumatized Civilization (Hirad Abtahi)
  • Tactical and Strategic Terrorism (Giandomenico Picco)
  • Voice: Do They Kill for Their Mothers? (Joyce M. Davis)
  • Voice: Palestinian Voices
  • Voice: Remembrance Day/Independence Day (Martin Herskovitz)
  • Voice: Terrorism Poem
  • Adults in the United States
  • Voice: Grounded on Sept. 11 (David Handschuh)
  • Psychological Impact of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks: Summary of Empirical Findings in Adults (William E. Schlenger)
  • Television Watching and Mental Health in the General Population of New York City After September 11 (Jennifer Ahern, Sandro Galea, Heidi Resnick, and David Vlahov)
  • Voice: Too Close to Ever Forget (Adam Lisberg)
  • Exploring the Myths of Coping with a National Trauma: A Longitudinal Study of Responses to the September 11th Terrorist Attacks (Roxane Cohen Silver, Michael Poulin, E. Alison Holman, Daniel N. McIntosh, Virginia Gil-Rivas, and Judith Pizarro)
  • Somatization and Terrorism (Carol S. North)
  • Short- and Long-Term Effects of Terrorist Attacks in Spain (Enrique Baca, Enrique Baca-García, María Mercedes Pérez-Rodríguez, and Maria Luisa Cabanas)
  • Voice: Spain: The ETA Enigma (Al Goodman)
  • Northern Ireland: The Psychological Impact of “The Troubles” (Andrea Campbell, Ed Cairns, and John Mallett)
  • Voice: Brave Little Man (Tony Maddox)
  • Voice: “So What Is It Like Now That Your Country Is Run by a Terrorist?” (Brandon Hamber)
  • The Long-Term Effects of Terrorism in France (Louis Jehel and Alain Brunet)
  • Psychological Effects of Terrorist Attacks in Algeria (Noureddine Khaled)
  • Voice: Nadia, a Victim/Survivor of a Terrorist Massacre of Her Family in Algeria (Noureddine Khaled)
  • Short- and Long-Term Effects on the Victims of Terror in Sri Lanka (Daya Somasundaram)
  • Voice: Sri Lanka: The Destruction of South Asia’s Most Developed Society (Barbara Crossette)
  • Observations on the Impact on Kenyans of the August 7, 1998 Bombing of the United States Embassy in Nairobi (Samuel B. Thielman)
  • Voice: We Are Asked to Do Anything and Everything Except Be Victims (Lee Ann Ross)
  • Terror and Trauma in Bali: Australia’s Mental Health Disaster Response (Beverley Raphael, Julie Dunsmore, and Sally Wooding)
  • Voice: Memories of Bali (Alan Atkinson)
  • Voice: A Baptism of Fire in Bali (Bill McNeil)
  • International Findings on the Impact of Terrorism (Brian Engdahl)
  • Traumatic Loss, Complicated Grief, and Terrorism (Ilona L. Pivar and Holly G. Prigerson)
  • Voice: Theo Was on Pan Am 103 (Susan Cohen and Daniel Cohen)
  • Voice: When You Are Alone, It Is Different (Conny Mus)
  • The Psychological Burden of Bioterrorism (Molly J. Hall, Ann E. Norwood, Carol S. Fullerton, Robert Gifford, and Robert J. Ursano)
  • Psychological Impact of Terrorism on Children and Families in the United States (Betty J.

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