Coping with the aftermath of terror-resilience of ZAKA body handlers

Zahava Solomon*, Rony Berger

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study assessed the psychological consequences of body handling in the aftermath of terror attacks on 87 ZAKA volunteers and the implications of coping in attenuating the detrimental effects of prolonged exposure to terror. Subjects reported a low sense of danger and considerable self-efficacy. Only two participants (2.3 percent) met symptom criteria for PTSD, and 16 (18.4 percent) met criteria for sub-clinical posttraumatic disorder. Several possible explanations for the resilience of subjects are altruistic and religious rewards, respect and admiration from society and a tendency for sensation seeking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-604
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Body handling
  • Coping
  • Psychological terror


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