Author: Sidra Tariq
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Yasmin N. Farooqi
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
This research investigated the feelings of insecurity and anxiety reported by the survivals of Marriott hotel bomb blast in Islamabad city. The sample was composed of 150 adult residents of Islamabad. 75 participants (37 males and 38 females) directly witnessed the Marriot hotel bomb blast and 75 (38 males and 37 females) did not. The survivals who directly witnessed Marriott bomb blast were selected from Attock Oil Refinery and Agha Khan Road near the Marriot Hotel Islamabad; and those who did not witness it were drawn from Gulistan Colony (Rawalpindi) which was not affected by this bomb blast. The Burns Anxiety Inventory (BAI; Burns, 1999) and rating scale of feelings of insecurity developed with the help of Prof. Dr. Prof. Dr. Yasmin N. Farooqi was individually administered to all the research participants. Female survivals reported greater anxiety than male survivals of Marriott Hotel bomb blast. The subjects who directly witnessed Marriott Hotel bomb blast reported greater anxiety than those who did not witness it. There is no gender difference between survivals on feelings of insecurity. The subjects who directly witnessed Marriott Hotel bomb blast reported greater feelings of insecurity than those who did not witness it. The findings of this research has implications for promoting understanding about gender related issues as a result of exposure to traumatic events like bomb blast.
Keywords: Feelings, Insecurity, Anxiety, Survivors.
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