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Coping with the threat of terrorism: a review

Maguen S, Papa A, Litz BT. Coping with the threat of terrorism: a review. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2008 Jan 1; 21(1):15-35.

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Terrorism creates a ripple of fear and uncertainty. Although most individuals are resilient and recover over time, a minority remains functionally and psychologically impaired. In this paper, we examine research on coping strategies employed in the aftermath of terrorist events, theories and empirical findings related to appraisal processes that influence individuals'' primary attributions of risk, and normative processes that shape secondary appraisals, which predict specific coping behaviors. We also describe individual diatheses and factors promoting resilience that may influence coping and functioning in the face of terrorism. Finally, we offer suggestions for future research.

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