Coding and Variable Formation for Definitions of War, Torture, and Terrorism

  • Elizabeth Planje
  • Tristyn Campbell
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


On various versions of the Personal and Institutional Perspectives on Governmental Aggression and Peace Survey (PAIRTAPS), participants were asked to provide definitions for the following terms: war, torture, terrorism, peace, and reconciliation. Definitions of war, torture, and terrorism were analyzed for this volume; definitions of peace and reconciliation were analyzed for a second volume. In this chapter, we describe the coding manual and procedures for coding definitions of war, torture, and terrorism, as well as for the creation of variables from the coded qualitative responses.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Counseling ProgramLesley UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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