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Published: 29 Apr 2014

‘Not our war, not our country’: Contents and contexts of Scottish political rhetoric and popular understandings during the invasion of Iraq Journal Article

Edited by: Guy Elcheroth, Steve Reicher

  • DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12020
  • Published Date: January 7, 2013

Recent research has questioned the traditional assumption that populations inevitably rally round their national leaders in times of war and suggested instead that whether this occurs depends upon political communication and mass media coverage. In this study, we provide systematic analysis of the debate in Scotland over the invasion of Iraq in 2003. We examine how the conflict was construed as either for or against the national interest,...

Published in: British Journal of Social Psychology - Volume 53 Issue 1 (March 2014)

Creatureliness priming reduces aggression and support for war Journal Article

Edited by: Matt Motyl, Joshua Hart, Douglas P. Cooper, Nathan Heflick, Jamie Goldenberg, Tom Pyszczynski

  • DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8309.2012.02115.x
  • Published Date: August 13, 2012

Terror management theory (TMT) posits that humans distance themselves from, or elevate themselves above, other animals as a way of denying their mortality. The present studies assessed whether the salience of aggressive tendencies that humans share with other animals make thoughts of death salient and whether depicting human aggression as animalistic can mitigate aggressive behaviour and support for aggression. In Study 1, participants...

Published in: British Journal of Social Psychology - Volume 52 Issue 4 (December 2013)

Trauma rehabilitation for war‐affected persons in northern Uganda: A pilot evaluation of the EMPOWER programme Journal Article

Edited by: Robi Sonderegger, Sacha Rombouts, Benson Ocen, Reyelle Sarah McKeever

  • DOI: 10.1348/014466510X511637
  • Published Date: March 8, 2011

Objectives. This study evaluated the impact of a culturally sensitive cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)‐based intervention (the EMPOWER programme) for war‐affected persons in northern Uganda. Design. The study conducted a pilot evaluation with a convenience sample of participants from internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps (i.e., a treatment camp and waitlist control camp). This was done to avoid treatment effects...

Published in: British Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 50 Issue 3 (September 2011)

Psychological distress after the occupation: A community cross‐sectional survey from Lebanon Journal Article

Edited by: Saab Bassem Roberto, Monique Chaaya, Jocelyn Eid Fares, Joseph Abi Khirs

  • DOI: 10.1348/135910705X87536
  • Published Date: December 24, 2010

Objectives. Jezzine inhabitants were exposed to war stressors for 17 years. This study aims at determining the prevalence of psychiatric distress (PD) among Jezzine citizens who were exposed to war for 17 years and to identify associated factors. Design. Cross‐sectional study. Methods. A sample of 142 citizens was randomly selected from a population of 5,000. A novel questionnaire was used to...

Published in: British Journal of Health Psychology - Volume 11 Issue 4 (November 2006)

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