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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"Psychology of Terrorism is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the psychological roots of modern terrorism. Its profoundness is overshadowed only by the impressive line of international experts it hosts from the field of psychology. The volume deals with the issue of modern terrorism in a way unprecedented in academic literature. Issues such as the psychology of mass mediated fear, psychological resilience, and effects of exposure to terrorism are thoroughly researched and presented with utmost clarity. With its rare and unique perspective on modern terrorism, this volume helps map the roots of some of the most burning problems of the post-Sep. 11th world. Anyone interested in understanding what drives people to become suicide terrorists should read this book."—Isaac Ben-Israel, Major General (Retired), Professor and Director of Security Studies, Tel Aviv University

"An outstanding and timely publication. It should be read by all practitioners, regardless of their discipline. It provides the most up-to-date behavioral science perspective on the psychology of terrorism in a practical format. The volume editors and contributors are truly world class scholars."—Pat DeLeon, former President, American Psychological Association

"A comprehensive and thorough review of an emerging discipline that can only grow in importance in the future. It could well be the most relevant topic of our time."—Elizabeth Holmes, American Board of Professional Psychology, Captain , Medical Service Corps., United States Navy (Retired), Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics

"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 psychological consequences. 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)

"Psychology of Terrorism is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the psychological roots of modern terrorism. Its profoundness is overshadowed only by the impressive line of international experts it hosts from the field of psychology. The volume deals with the issue of modern terrorism in a way unprecedented in academic literature. Issues such as the psychology of mass mediated fear, psychological resilience, and effects of exposure to terrorism are thoroughly researched and presented with utmost clarity. With its rare and unique perspective on modern terrorism, this volume helps map the roots of some of the most burning problems of the post-Sep. 11th world. Anyone interested in understanding what drives people to become suicide terrorists should read this book."—Isaac Ben-Israel, Major General (Retired), Professor and Director of Security Studies, Tel Aviv University

"An outstanding and timely publication. It should be read by all practitioners, regardless of their discipline. It provides the most up-to-date behavioral science perspective on the psychology of terrorism in a practical format. The volume editors and contributors are truly world class scholars."—Pat DeLeon, former President, American Psychological Association

"A comprehensive and thorough review of an emerging discipline that can only grow in importance in the future. It could well be the most relevant topic of our time."—Elizabeth Holmes, American Board of Professional Psychology, Captain , Medical Service Corps., United States Navy (Retired), Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics

"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 psychological consequences. 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)

"In sum, it would be difficult to find a more thorough and comprehensive compendium on the psychology of terrorism in all its important aspects than that represented by this volume. The book is well-written and well-edited, and manages to achieve that rare balancing act of a multi-authored, edited book: the chapters are supportive and reinforcing of one another, without being repetitive and redundant. The authors and editors are to be commended for producing a one-stop-shopping handbook of the psychology of terrorism that can serve as a university-level course textbook or as a scholarly and practical reference manual for one of the most critical challenges of our new century."—International Journal of Emergency Mental Health

"In this important comprehensive volume, leading academic experts present their findings on the psychology of individuals who become terrorists and the psychological theories that are relevant to the treatment and clinical responses to terrorist events, including the treatment of special populations such as children and older adults." — Joshua Sinai's Top 150 Books on Terrorism and Counter-terrorism article in Perspectives on Terrorism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195172492
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/7/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 750,166
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanford University School of Medicine

University of South Florida

Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

PGSP-STANFORD Psy.D. Consortium

Stanford University

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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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