skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 62738 Find in a Library
Title: PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES IN TERRORISM (FROM TERRORISMINTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES, 1977, BY YONAH ALEXANDER AND SEYMOUR MAXWELL FINGER - SEE NCJ-44307)
Author(s): J MARGOLIN
Corporate Author: John Jay Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: John Jay Press
New York, NY 10019
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESEARCH ON PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS IN AND THEORIES OF TERRORISM IS REPORTED.
Abstract: THERE ARE TWO LEVELS OF THE BEHAVIORAL APPROACH TO STUDYING TERRORISM: (1) THE MACROLEVEL INCLUDES PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL BASES OF MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AND TRANSNATIONAL ISSUES AND (2) THE MICROLEVEL IS RESPONSIVE TO THE STUDY OF SPECIFIC TERRORISTS AND TERRORIST ACTS. BECAUSE RESEARCH ON TERRORISM HAS BEEN CHARACTERIZED BY A SERIES OF CONTRADICTORY ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT TERRORISTS AND NO AREA IN THE STUDY OF TERRORISM HAS RECEIVED ADEQUATE ATTENTION, A HANDBOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS IS NEEDED THAT CAN PROVIDE SUPPORT TO POTENTIAL CRISIS MANAGERS. A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO THE STUDY AND CONTROL OF TERRORISM IS ESSENTIAL TO INTEGRATE BEHAVIORAL, POLITICAL SCIENCE, ECONOMIC, MILITARY, AND TECHNICAL FIELDS. TERRORISM IS BEHAVIORALLY EXPLAINED IN TERMS OF EMPHASIS ON THE ABNORMAL, FRUSTRATION-AGGRESSION THEORY, NORMAL PSYCHOLOGY, THE ZEIGARNIK EFFECT OF THE INTERRUPTED TASK PHENOMENON, THE UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE, THE GOAL GRADIENT, COGNITIVE STYLE, AND THREAT. RESEARCH NEEDS IN UNDERSTANDING TERRORISM ARE NOTED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Psychological influences on crime; Psychological theories; Research; Social control theory; Terrorism causes
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=62738

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.