From Demonization to Identification: How Parents Who Lost Children in Terrorist Attacks Perceive the Attacker

Yael Saka, Keren Cohen-Louck

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    Abstract

    The aim of this article is to examine how bereaved parents who lost children in terrorist attacks in Israel perceive the terrorist attack perpetrators. Forty bereaved parents were interviewed using a semistructured in-depth interview. The content analysis revealed a typology of reactions to the Arab attackers that included perceiving them as objects of anger, hate, and revenge; as demons; as negligible; and as people with whom they could identify. The way bereaved parents perceive the Arab attackers serves as a coping resource. Follow-up research to examine the efficacy of the different types of reactions towards attackers would contribute to gaining a deeper understanding of the coping process that bereaved parents experience.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)137-154
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2014

    Keywords

    • bereavement
    • coping
    • loss of a child
    • perception of the attacker
    • terrorism

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