A study of life-meaning orientations and levels of terrorist threat experience in three generations



The article presents a brief review of concepts of informational violence in mass media, post-traumatic stress disorder as a delayed psychological effects of terrorism, and life-meaning orientations. We describe the results of a study of life-meaning orientations and experience of terrorist threat in different age groups. Nowadays the problem of life-meaning orientations is of particular importance in the context of the ongoing social and economic changes and dramatically increasing number of different factors that influence the psychological aspect of modern society. Asking oneself about life meaning, a person considers both the direction of social development in general, and specific purpose of his own live. It is known that each of us belongs to one or another small social group, characterized by unity or separation processes, leadership formation, development of likes and dislikes, etc. Terrorism and extremism manifested in societies that take the path of transformation and radical social change. Studying psychological consequences of terrorism is essential in the formation of a particular attitude to extremism, and may be not only of theoretical interest, but may also have practical significance.

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Keywords: terrorism, experience of terrorist threat, post-traumatic stress, stability, anticipation, meaningful life.

Journal rubric: Psychology of Deviant and Criminal Behavior

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Buzykina Y.S., Konstantinov V.V. A study of life-meaning orientations and levels of terrorist threat experience in three generations [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2013. Vol. 3, no. 1 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Y. S. Buzykina, Head of instructional laboratory at the Department of Applied Psychology, V. G. Belinsky Penza State Pedagogical University, Penza, Russia, e-mail: ylamart@yandex.ru

Vsevolod V. Konstantinov, Doctor of Psychology, associate professor, head of chair "General Psychology", Penza State University, Penza, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1443-3195, e-mail: konstantinov_vse@mail.ru



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