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Chapter 44 of the McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook describes the psychological consequences of terrorism and outlines strategies for dealing with them. Uncertainty and lack of information about specific or unique psychological effects of terrorism may complicate the task of state officials who must develop mental health plans as part of an overall preparedness. The way response plans are implemented and communicated might generate or mitigate fear and anxiety in a particular population. Understanding how to manage the psychological consequences of terrorism is critical to developing and implementing realistic, appropriate response strategies.

Reprinted with permission from The McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook, Chapter 44, pp. 689-701. Copyright © 2006 The McGraw Hill Companies, Inc.

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