The Psychological Cost of Terrorism

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The psychological literature on terrorism and its impact is not particularly rich, especially when one considers the very high political and media profile terrorism holds. Doubtless one fall-out from the horrific events of September 11 will be an increase in research effort on this troubled subject and already funding earmarked for such work has increased beyond all recognition compared to pre-September levels. Yet, terrorism – even highly destructive terrorism – is not a new phenomenon. A quick glance at history reveals that terrorist groups and their campaigns of violence have been present throughout the world for at least two thousand years and probably considerably longer.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalHuman Givens
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • terrorism
  • psychology of terrorism
  • victims of terrorism
  • resilience
  • psychological impact of terrorism

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