After 9/11: Goal Disruption, Emotional Support, and Psychological Health in a Lower Exposure Sample

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Published by Taylor and Francis in Health Communication Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 11-22.

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Health Communication


The terrorist attacks of 9/11 were traumatic even for Americans who were not directly victimized or in the geographic vicinity. This study examined whether emotional support received through interaction with others buffered the association between terrorism-related stress and psychological health (depression, anxiety, and physical symptoms) for individuals with lower exposure to the attacks. Five hundred eleven college students from an eastern university completed measures of goal disruption (stress) from terrorism, received emotional support, and psychological health in the first 2 weeks of December 2001.