Article Title: Terrorism Catastrophizing, Perceived Stress And Death Anxiety Among University Students

Author(s): Rabia Nayab and Anila Kamal

Institute(s): National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2010, Vol. 8, No.2. 132 – 144

Correspondence Address: Ms. Rabia Nayab, National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i- Azam University, New Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan. Email: mashaleraah@yahoo,com

Abstract

The current research studied the impact of terrorism on university student Is through terrorism catastrophizing, perceived stress, and death anxiety. The study was based on cross-sectional research design. 430 university students (men=183, women=247) from universities of Peshawar, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, and Bahawalpur were recruited through purposive sampling. Terrorism Catastrophizing Scale (Sinclair & LoCicero, 2007), Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen, Kamarck, & Mermelstein, 1983) and Death Anxiety Scale (Goreja & Pervez, 2000) were used. Comparison was made among students regarding their gender and universities. Pearson correlation showed a high significant positive correlation between terrorism catastrophizing. perceived stress, and death anxiety. Results also indicated that both male and female students felt high terrorism catastrophizing and high stress; female students were found to be more anxious of death than male students. Students of Peshawar University were found to be more anxious about death as compared to other university students. Stepwise multiple regressions revealed terrorism catastrophizing and perceived stress as significant predictors of death anxiety among university students.

Keywords: terrorism, catastrophizing, perceived stress, death anxiety

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