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

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dc.contributor.authorLee, Jennifer E.C.
dc.contributor.authorDallaire, Christine
dc.contributor.authorLemyre, Louise
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-29T15:43:46Z
dc.date.available2010-09-29T15:43:46Z
dc.date.created2009
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationHealth, Rick and Society, 11(5): 431-450.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/19607
dc.description.abstractThe 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.
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectsocial cognition
dc.subjectCanada
dc.subjectdecision making
dc.subjectterrorism
dc.subjectrisk perception
dc.subjectrisk
dc.titleQualitative analysis of cognitive and contextual determinants of Canadian's individual response to terrorism: Towards a descriptive model
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13698570903184564
CollectionSciences de l’activité physique - Publications // Human Kinetics - Publications

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