Accession Number:

ADA494527

Title:

Psychology of Terrorism

Descriptive Note:

Annotated bibliography

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA TAMPA DEPT OF MENTAL HEALTH LAW AND POLICY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-12-14

Pagination or Media Count:

222.0

Abstract:

In compiling this annotated bibliography on the psychology of terrorism, the author has defined terrorism as acts of violence intentionally perpetrated on civilian noncombatants with the goal of furthering some ideological, religious or political objective. The principal focus is on nonstate actors. The task was to identify and analyze the scientific and professional social science literature pertaining to the psychological andor behavioral dimensions of terrorist behavior not on victimization or effects. The objectives were to explore what questions pertaining to terrorist groups and behavior had been asked by social science researchers to identify the main findings from that research and attempt to distill and summarize them within a framework of operationally relevant questions. To identify the relevant social science literature, the author began by searching a series of major academic databases using a systematic, iterative keyword strategy, mapping, where possible, onto existing subject headings. The focus was on locating professional social science literature published in major books or in peer-reviewed journals. Searches were conducted of the following databases October 2003 SociofileSociological Abstracts, Criminal Justice Abstracts CJ Abstracts, Criminal Justice Periodical Index CJPI, National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts NCJRS, PsycInfo, Medline, and Public Affairs Information Service PAIS. Three types of annotations were provided for works in this bibliography Authors Abstract -- this is the abstract of the work as provided and often published by the author Editors Annotation -- this is an annotation written by the editor of this bibliography and Key Quote Summary -- this is an annotation composed of key quotes from the original work, edited to provide a cogent overview of its main points.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE