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


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.

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Pfefferbaum, B., Tucker, P., Newman, E. et al. Terrorism Media Effects in Youth Exposed to Chronic Threat and Conflict in Israel. Curr Psychiatry Rep 21, 28 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-019-1005-4

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  • Mental health
  • Television
  • Terrorism
  • Terrorism threat
  • Youth