Fear Associated With September 11 Television Coverage in Oklahoma City Bombing Survivors

Betty Pfefferbaum, Carol S North, Rose L. Pfefferbaum, Haekyung Jeon-Slaughter, J. Brian Houston

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This study explored television viewing of the September 11 attacks in 99 survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing and examined the relationships of event-related television viewing with concerns about safety and danger in survivors with and without bombing-related posttraumatic stress disorder. The number of hours of viewing September 11 television coverage was related to worry about personal and family danger and to increased checking on loved ones but not to September 11-related posttraumatic responses. Some bombing survivors discontinued September 11 media contact due to fear. The findings suggest the importance of monitoring television viewing in survivors of prior incidents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-388
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014



  • Oklahoma City bombing
  • September 11
  • fear
  • media coverage
  • terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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