29. Psychology Applied to Terrorism

Psychological Treatment for Victims of Terrorist Attacks

  1. Paul R. Martin2,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD3,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)4,
  4. Michael Kyrios5,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier6 and
  6. José M. Prieto7
  1. María Paz García-Vera PhD and
  2. Jesús Sanz PhD

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch29

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

García-Vera, M. P. and Sanz, J. (2011) Psychology Applied to Terrorism, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch29

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 3

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 6

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 7

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. University of Madrid, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • psychology applied to terrorism - psychological treatment for victims of terrorist attacks;
  • psychopathological consequences of traumatic events - long history in psychiatry and psychology;
  • empirical studies on psychological treatment of people - affected by attacks, strategy or plan to attend to mental health of victims of terrorist attacks;
  • psychological treatment of psychopathological repercussions - of terrorist attacks;
  • group studies on psychological treatment - of victims of terrorism;
  • clinical effectiveness of psychological treatments for PTSD - in victims of terrorism;
  • innovative treatments - use of virtual reality in exposure therapy, investigated in treatment of victims of terrorism with PTSD;
  • treatment of other mental disorders;
  • clearly a gap in current research - on treatment of psychopathological consequences of terrorism;
  • psychological treatments, determining - their efficacy with victims of other traumatic events


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Psychological Treatment of the Psychopathological Repercussions of Terrorist Attacks

  • Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • Treatment of Other Mental Disorders

  • Conclusions

  • References