Qualitative analysis of cognitive and contextual determinants of Canadian's individual response to terrorism: Towards a descriptive model

Qualitative analysis of cognitive and contextual determinants of Canadian's individual response to terrorism: Towards a descriptive model

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Title: Qualitative analysis of cognitive and contextual determinants of Canadian's individual response to terrorism: Towards a descriptive model
Author: Lee, Jennifer E.C.; Dallaire, Christine; Lemyre, Louise
Abstract: The objective of the present study was to explore different aspects of individual response to terrorism in Canada and develop a descriptive model of the processes involved. A qualitative analysis was performed on transcripts of individual and group interviews held across Canada (N = 73) wherein concerns and decisions surrounding terrorism were discussed. This analysis revealed 16 emerging concepts, which were organised into six overarching themes (Threat, Uncertainty, Control, Context Issues, Psychological Response, and Behavioural Response). Psychological and behavioural responses appeared to be related, in that they shared a number of cognitive determinants. Results also pointed to the involvement of contextual factors such as timing relative to an event, type of terrorism scenario, and opinions regarding the regulation of terrorism. Behavioural responses to terrorism were discussed less frequently than psychological responses. These primarily entailed actions aimed at avoiding terrorist events, although more positive responses such as individual preparedness were also mentioned. Implications of findings for research on individual preparedness for terrorism are discussed.
Date: 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/19607

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