About ISTSS
Terrorism and Bioterrorism Related Trauma SIG
Bookmark and Share

Terrorism/Bioterrorism SIG

Mission Statement

Events of terrorism have occurred outside the realm of acknowledged war, on a grander scale and by increasingly destructive means, including acts of bioterrorism. The enormity of the impact of September 11, 2001 and subsequent events in the United States and elsewhere have expanded the scope of terrorism and continued to call into question our assumptions of safety and security. The media and the manner in which information is shared around the world have also served to increase the range of impact of these events. Though there exists a growing database of information regarding the psychological consequences of terrorism, many challenges and unanswered questions remain regarding the event-specific impact of terrorist and bioterrorist events on individuals, families, and communities. Adequate intervention planning requires an understanding of the temporal sequencing and co-morbidity patterns of distress associated with this type of exposure and the systemic impact of ongoing fear on the social fabric of communities and nations. Thus, advances in the research and treatment of terrorism-related trauma are interdependent.

The challenges posed by terrorism are immediate and ongoing, given its evolving nature and the need for increased coordination among individuals, community-based, national and international groups in the field. This Special Interest Group serves to assist the trauma community with sharing resources, collaborating and developing response strategies that would ultimately benefit affected populations. Annual meetings of and presentations by the SIG on Terrorism- and Bioterrorism-Related Trauma provide a venue for the exchange of ideas, disseminating data, and sharing clinical innovations regarding terrorism-related issues. They also lead to clarifying further the role of the mental health community in responding to the needs of those impacted. The SIG?s website and ongoing e-mail communications will enable continuing dialogue and activities between the meetings.

Chair

Ginny Sprang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
College of Social Work and College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
University of Kentucky
3470 Blazer Pkwy. Suite 100
Lexington , KY 40509
Phone: (859) 543-0078
Fax: (859) 543-1121
Email: sprang@uky.edu

Announcements

Posted on Description
2.22.2005 Welcome to the New Special Interest Group on Terrorism and Bioterrorism Related Trauma Website!
2.22.2005 See below for important information concerning Bioterrorism and SIG related activities.


Downloads

Posted on Description Size
2.22.2005 Psychological and Behavioral Impacts of Bioterrorism
Molly J. Hall, Ann Norwood, Robert Ursano, Carol Fullerton, and Catherine Levinson
2.22.2005 Research on Trauma and PTSD in the Aftermath of 9/11
Heidi Resnick, Sandro Galea, Dean Kilpatrick, and David Vlahov
2.22.2005 Psychosocial Consequences of Disaster
Fran Norris
2.22.2005

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of PTSD (PDF)

Best Practice Guideline Website

2.22.2005 The Mitigation and Recovery of Mental Health Problems in Children and Adolescents Affected by Terrorism
Richard Mollica



Links & Resources

Posted on Description
1.8.2014 Konvisser, Z.D. (2014) Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing, Gefen Publishing House.
1.8.2014 “Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families” details the key messages and themes of the workshop that was hosted by the Medical and Public Health Preparedness Forum at the IOM. The report can be viewed and downloaded free of charge at www.iom.edu/childrenpreparedness.
1.8.2014 Hobfoll, S. E., Canetti, D., Hall, B. J., Brom, D., Palmieri, P. A., Johnson, R. J., ... & Galea, S. (2011). Are community studies of psychological trauma's impact accurate? A study among Jews and Palestinians. Psychological assessment, 23(3), 599.
1.8.2014 DiGrande, L., Neria, Y., Brackbill, R. M., Pulliam, P., & Galea, S. (2011). Long-term posttraumatic stress symptoms among 3,271 civilian survivors of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. American journal of epidemiology, 173(3), 271-281.
1.8.2014 Dolberg, O. T., Barkai, G., Leor, A., Rapoport, H., Bloch, M., & Schreiber, S. (2010). Injured civilian survivors of suicide bomb attacks: From partial PTSD to recovery or to traumatisation. Where is the turning point?. World journal of biological psychiatry, 11(2_2), 344-351.
1.8.2014

Hall, B. J., Hobfoll, S. E., Canetti, D., Johnson, R. J., Palmieri, P. A., & Galea, S. (2010). Exploring the association between posttraumatic growth and PTSD: a national study of Jews and Arabs following the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war. The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 198(3), 180.

1.8.2014

Huddy, L., & Feldman, S. (2011). Americans respond politically to 9/11: Understanding the impact of the terrorist attacks and their aftermath. American Psychologist, 66(6), 455.

1.8.2014

Verger, P., Dab, W., Lamping, D. L., Loze, J. Y., Deschaseaux-Voinet, C., Abenhaim, L., & Rouillon, F. (2004). The psychological impact of terrorism: an epidemiologic study of posttraumatic stress disorder and associated factors in victims of the 1995–1996 bombings in France. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161(8), 1384-1389.

1.8.2014

Pfefferbaum, B. J., Devoe, E. R., Stuber, J., Schiff, M., Klein, T. P., & Fairbrother, G. (2005). Psychological impact of terrorism on children and families in the United States. Journal of aggression, maltreatment & trauma, 9(3-4), 305-317.

1.29.2007

Danieli, Y., Engdahl, B. & Schlenger, W.E. (2003). The psychological aftermath of terrorism. In F.M. Moghaddam & Marsella, A.J. (Eds.), Understanding terrorism: Psychological roots, consequences, and interventions (pp. 223-246). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

1.29.2007

Danieli, Y., Brom, D. & Sills, J.B.(Eds.).(2005). The trauma of terrorism: sharing knowledge and shared care, An international handbook. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press Inc.

1.29.2007

Danieli, Y. & Dingman, R. (Eds.). (2005). On the ground after September 11: Mental health responses and practical knowledge gained. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press Inc.

1.29.2007

Danieli, Y. (2006). Groups for Mental health professionals to limit secondary exposure, countertransference, and vicarious traumatization. In Schein, L.A., Spitz, H.I., Burlingame, G.M., Muskin, P.R (Eds.), Psychological Effects of Catastrophic Disasters: Group Approaches to Treatment, (pp. 855-885). Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press.

1.29.2007

Stout, C. (2002) The Psychology of Terrorism: Clinical Aspects and Responses Vol.1-4 Praeger, b Westport,CT

2.22.2005

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (1998). Practice parameters for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry., 37, 4S-26S.

2.22.2005

Benight, C. C., Aldenhoven, R. W. F., Hughes, J., Ruiz, J. M., Zoschke, T. A., & Lovallo, W. R. (2000). Coping self-efficacy and psychological distress following the Oklahoma City Bombing. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30 (7), 1331-1344.

2.22.2005

Applied Research and Consulting LLC. (2002). Effects of the World Trade Center Attack on NYC public school students: an initial report to the New York City Board of Education : Colombia University Mailman School of Public Health & The New York State Psychiatric Institute.

2.22.2005

Browne, D. (2003). Examining the impact of terrorism on children. In A. Silke (Ed.), Terrorists, Victims, and Society (pp. 189-211). West Sussex , England : Wiley & Sons.

2.22.2005

Chalifoux, Z., Neese, J., Buckwalter, K. C., Litwak, E., & Abraham, I. L. (1996). Mental health services for rural elderly: Innovative service strategies. Community Mental Health Journal, 32 (5), 463-480.

2.22.2005

DiGiovanni, C. (1999). Domestic terrorism with chemical or biological agents: psychiatric aspects. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 156, 1500-1505.

2.22.2005

Erikson, K. (1992). Further thoughts on Chernobyl . Psychiatric Services Research Quarterly, 2, 98-103.

2.22.2005

Flynn, B. W., & Nelson, M. E. (1998). Understanding the needs of children following large-scale disasters and the role of government. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America , 7 (1), 211-227.

2.22.2005

Friedman, M. J. ( Mar 22, 2000 ). Mental health disaster treatment and research. http://www.ncptsd.org/publications/cq/v4/n2/friedman.html

2.22.2005

Galea, S., Ahern, J., Resnick, H., Kilpatrick, D., Bucuvalas, M., Gold, J., et al. (2002). Psychological sequelae of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City . New England Journal of Medicine, 346 (13), 982-987.

2.22.2005

Gerrity, E.T., Flynn, B.W. (1997). Mental health consequences of disasters. In E.K. Noji, ed., Public Health Consequences of Disasters. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

2.22.2005

Gidron, Y., Gal, R., & Zahavi, S. a. (1999). Bus commuters' coping strategies and anxiety from terrorism: an example of the Israeli Experience. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 12 (1), 185-192.

2.22.2005

Green, B.L., Lindy, J.D., Grace, M.C. "Psychological effects of toxic contamination." Individual and Community Responses to Trauma and Disaster: The Structure of Human Chaos (1994): 154 - 176.

2.22.2005

Hamblen, J. (2003, Dec. 18). What are the traumatic stress effects of terrorism? http://www.ncptsd.org/facts/disasters/fs_terrorism.html?printable=yes

2.22.2005

Hiley-Young, B., & Gerrity, E. T. (1994). Critical incident stress debriefing (CISD): Value and limitations in disaster response [Electronic Version]. NCP Clinical Quarterly, 4 (2), 1-6.

2.22.2005

Hoven, C. W., Duarte , C. S., & Mandell, D. J. (2003). Children's mental health after disasters: The impact of the World Trade Center attack. Current Psychiatry Reports, 5, 101-107.

2.22.2005

Kenardy, J. (2000). The current status of psychological debriefing: It may do more harm than good. British Medical Journal, 321, 1032-1033.

2.22.2005

Kron, S., & Mendlovic, S. (2002). Mental health consequences of bioterrorism. Israel Medical Association Journal, 4, 524-527.

2.22.2005

Lebow, J. (2003, September/October). War of the worlds: Researchers and practitioners collide on EMDR and CISD. Psychotherapy Networker, 27, 79-83.

2.22.2005

Markenson, D., & Redliner, I. (2003). Pediatric preparedness for disasters and terrorism: A national consensus conference. http://www.childrenshealthfund.org/CHF2286VFinal_adj.2.pdf

2.22.2005

Muldoon, O. (2003). The psychological impact of protracted campaigns of political violence on societies. In A. Silke (Ed.), Terrorists, victims and society: psychological perspectives on terrorism and its consequences (pp. 161-174). Chppenham, Wiltshire: Antony Rowe Ltd.

2.22.2005

National Institute of Mental Health. (2001). Blueprint for change: Research on child and adolescent mental health, A report of the National Mental Health Council's Workgroup on child and Adolescent Mental Health intervention Development and Deployment. (No. NIH Publication No. 01-4986). Washington , D.C. : U.S. Government Printing Office.

2.22.2005

Norris, F. H., Byrne, C. M., Diaz, E., & Kaniasty, K. (2003). The range, magnitude, and duration of effects of natural and human-caused disasters: a review of the empirical literature. http://www.ncptsd.org/facts/disasters/fs_range.html

2.22.2005

Norris, F. H., Friedman, M. J., Watson, P. J., Byrne, C. M., Diaz, E., & Kaniasty, K. (2002). 60,000 disaster victims speak: Part I. An empirical review of the empirical literature, 1981-2001. Psychiatry, 65 (3), 207-239.

2.22.2005

North, C. S., Nixon, S. J., Shariat, S., Mallonee, S., Mcmillen, J. C., Spitznagel, E. L., et al. (1999). Psychiatric disorders among survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing. Journal of the American Medical Association, 282 (8), 755-762.

2.22.2005

Pangi, R. (2002). "After the attack: the psychological consequences of terrorism", Perspectives on Preparedness.John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University , August 2002.

2.22.2005

Pynoos, R. S. (1994). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Clinical Review. Lutherville , MD : The Sidran Press.

2.22.2005

Ritchie, E. C., Friedman, M. J., Schnurr, P. P., Ruzek, J. I., Watson, P., Raphael, B., et al. (2001). Mental health and mass violence: evidence-based early psychological intervention for victims/survivors of mass violence. Warrenton , Virginia : Airlie Conference Center .

2.22.2005

Rubonis, A. V., & Bickman, L. (1991). Psychological impairment in the wake of disaster: The disaster-psychopathology relationship. Psychological Bulletin, 109 (3), 364-399.

2.22.2005 Sprang, G. (2003). The psychological impact of isolated acts of terrorism. In A. Silke (Ed.), Terrorists, victims and society: psychological perspectives on terrorism and its consequences (pp. 133-159). West Sussex , England : John Wiley & Sons LTD
2.22.2005 Sprang, G., & McNeil, J. (1995). The many faces of bereavement. New York : Bruner/Mazel Publishers.
2.22.2005

Susser, E. S., Herman, D. B., & Aaron, B. (2002). Combating the terror of terrorism: the psychological damage caused by the attacks of September 11 mirrored the physical destruction and showed that protecting the public's mental health must be a component of the national defense. Scientific American, 287 (2), 70-77.

2.22.2005

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2001). HHS initiates immediate and long-term steps to address emotional and mental health consequences of terrorist air attacks. http://www.health.org/newsroom/releases/2001/sept01/5.aspx

2.22.2005

U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (2003). Press Release: Funding report: Helping our nation's first responders. http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/display?content=963

2.22.2005

van Emmerik, A. A. P., Kamphuis, J. H., Hulsbosch, A. M., & Emmelkamp, P. M. G. (2002). Single session debriefing after psychological trauma: a meta-analysis. The Lancet, 360, 766-771.

2.22.2005

Young, B., Ford, J., Ruzek, J., Friedman, M., & Gusman, F. (2000). Disaster mental health services- A guidebook for clinicians and administrators. http://www.ncptsd.org/publications/disaster/index.html

Listserv Information

To join the Terrorism/Bioterrorism SIG e-mail listserv, visit the ISTSS Forums Site.