Coping With Fear of and Exposure to Terrorism Among Expatriates

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 808

13 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2019

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Nicholas Beutell

Iona College -LaPenta School of Business

Marianne O'Hare

Seton Hall University

Joy Schneer

Rider University

Jeffrey Alstete

Iona College; Iona Collge - LaPenta School of Business

Date Written: July 19, 2017

Abstract

This paper examines existing research on the impact of terrorism on expatriate coping strategies. We consider pre-assignment fear of terrorism, in-country coping strategies, and anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated with repatriation. The extant research is small but growing. Our model for expatriate coping at the pre-departure, in-country, and repatriation stages includes strategies specific to each stage. Preparation using proactive coping, systematic desensitization, problem and emotion focused coping, social support, and virtual reality explorations are recommended. Selecting expatriate candidates who are well-adjusted, emotionally intelligent, and possessing good coping skills is essential for successful assignments in terror-prone regions.

Keywords: expatriates, international assignees, stress, fear, terrorism, hostile environments coping, repatriates, duty of care, virtual reality, post-traumatic stress disorder

JEL Classification: M12, M51

Suggested Citation

Beutell, Nicholas and O'Hare, Marianne and Schneer, Joy and Alstete, Jeffrey, Coping With Fear of and Exposure to Terrorism Among Expatriates (July 19, 2017). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 808 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3331727

Nicholas Beutell (Contact Author)

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Marianne O'Hare

Seton Hall University ( email )

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Joy Schneer

Rider University ( email )

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Jeffrey Alstete

Iona College ( email )

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Iona Collge - LaPenta School of Business ( email )

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