Terrorism Media Effects in Youth Exposed to Chronic Threat and Conflict in Israel

  • Betty PfefferbaumEmail author
  • Phebe Tucker
  • Elana Newman
  • Summer D. Nelson
  • Pascal Nitiéma
  • Rose L. Pfefferbaum
Child and Family Disaster Psychiatry (B Pfefferbaum, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Child and Family Disaster Psychiatry


Purpose of Review

This paper reviews the extant research on the effects of contact with terrorism media coverage on psychological outcomes in youth in the context of chronic threat and conflict in Israel.

Recent Findings

The extant research is inconclusive with respect to the relationship between media contact and a variety of psychological outcomes in Israeli studies of youth exposed to ongoing threat and repeated terrorist attacks.


Additional research is needed to examine potential differences in outcomes and the factors that influence youth coping and adaptation in an environment of chronic threat and extensive media coverage. Moreover, studies are needed to identify and evaluate potential parental, professional, and social strategies to enhance youth adjustment. Because political conflict in Israel is not likely to abate in the near future, the setting is ideal to conduct methodologically rigorous research including research using representative samples, prospective reporting, and longitudinal design.


Media Mental health Television Terrorism Terrorism threat Youth 



The editors would like to thank Dr. Orna Braun-Lewensohn for taking the time to review this manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Betty Pfefferbaum is a section editor for Current Psychiatry Reports.

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not report new data in studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Betty Pfefferbaum
    • 1
    Email author
  • Phebe Tucker
    • 2
  • Elana Newman
    • 3
  • Summer D. Nelson
    • 4
    • 5
  • Pascal Nitiéma
    • 6
  • Rose L. Pfefferbaum
    • 7
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of MedicineUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of MedicineUniversity of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, The University of TulsaTulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and InjusticeTulsaUSA
  4. 4.Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, The University of TulsaTulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and InjusticeTulsaUSA
  5. 5.Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Medical CenterSioux FallsUSA
  6. 6.Department of Management Information Systems, Price College of BusinessUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  7. 7.Department of Liberal ArtsPhoenix Community College (Faculty Emeritus)PhoenixUSA
  8. 8.EdmondUSA

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