Psychology of Terrorism / Edition 1

Psychology of Terrorism / Edition 1

by Bruce Bongar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195172493

ISBN-13: 9780195172492

Pub. Date: 09/07/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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 to terrorism 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 to improve 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 effects of 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 that provide services and craft policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195172492
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/07/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
887,297
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

I.INTRODUCTION - THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TERRORISM
1. The Psychology of Terrorism: Defining the Need and Describing the Goals
2. Mind Control in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: Fictional Concepts Become Operational Realities in Jim Jones's Jungle Experiment
3. Psycolgical Issues in Understanding Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism
4. The Need for Proficient Mental Health Professionals in the Study of Terrorism
5. War Versus Justice in Response to Terrorist Attack: Competing Frames and their Implications
II.TERRORISM
6. The Staircase to Terrorism: A Psychological Exploration
7. Terrorism and the Media
8. What is Terrorism? Key Elements and History
9. Suicide Terrorism
10. The Strategy of Terrorism and the Psychology of Mass-mediated Fear
III.CONSEQUENCES OF TERRORISM
11. The Rise of Religion, Spirituality and Faith-Based Community in Coping with Acts of Terrorism
12. Psychological Consequences of Actual or Threatened CBRNE Terrorism
13. Psychological Weapons of Mass Destruction through Vicarious Classical Conditioning
14. Near-and Long-term Psychological Effects of Exposure to Terrorist Attacks
15. The Response to Relief Organizations to Terrorist Attacks: An Overview of How the Red Cross and Other Relief Organizations Work in Conjunction with Other Agencies
16. Understanding How Organizational Bias Influenced First Responders at the World Trade Center
17. Warfare, Terrorism, and Psychology
IV.ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
18. Terrorism Stress Risk Assessment and Management
19. Evidence-based Interventions for Survivors of Terrorism
20. Neurobiological and Behavioral Consequences of Terrorism; Distinguishing Normal from Pathological Responses, Risk Profiling, and Optimizing
Resilience
21. Older Adults and Terrorism
22. Children and Terrorism: A Family Psychoeducational Approach
23. Cultural Considerations: Caring for Culturally Diverse Communities in the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks
24. The Psychological Consequences of Terrorist Attacks
V.PREVENTION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS IN REACTION TO ACTS OF TERRORISM
25. Defusing Terrorism of Terror
26. Psychological Resilience in the Face of Terrorism
27. Promoting Resilience and Recovery in First Responders
28. Integrating Medical, Public Health, and Mental Health Assets
29. Reflections on the Psychology of Terrorism
APPENDIX: Resources in Psychology of Terrorism
GLOSSARY

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