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Utoya Island Terrorist Attack Survivors Talk to the Media

by Kalyani Thivakaran on December 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM
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 Utoya Island Terrorist Attack Survivors Talk to the Media

The survivors of the 2011 Utoya Island terrorist attack in Norway, except a few, have perceived contact with media as a positive experience. Among those who allowed themselves to be interviewed by the media, 13% found the experience distressing and 11% regretted participating.

Taking part in media interviews was not associated with post-traumatic stress reactions among survivors, but negative evaluations and regrets about participation were.

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"Media representatives need to understand that they may add to the burden of survivors if they are not sufficiently careful, and clinicians should be aware of media exposure as a potential additional strain on victims," said Dr. Siri Thoresen, lead author of the Journal of Traumatic Stress study.

Source: Eurekalert
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