Somatization and terrorism

Carol S. North

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Scopus citations


Few systematic data pertaining to somatization following terrorism are available to guide intervention workers and policymakers in response to terrorist events. Somatization is a well-known but poorly understood phenomenon presenting enormous difficulties in clinical management as well as research investigation. It is a heterogeneous concept that is inconsistently defined in research on traumatic events. This article summarizes the somatization field and applies the principles to recommendations for disasters and terrorism research and interventions related to somatization in the postdisaster setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Trauma of Terrorism
Subtitle of host publicationSharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781136747052
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioterrorism
  • Diagnostic validation
  • Disasters
  • Medically unexplained complaints
  • Somatization
  • Terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions
  • General Social Sciences


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