Media-Induced War Trauma Amid Conflicts in Ukraine

Zhaohui Su, Dean McDonnell, Ali Cheshmehzangi, Barry L. Bentley, Junaid Ahmad, Sabina Šegalo, Claudimar Pereira da Veiga, Yu Tao Xiang

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Abstract

War could be traumatic. War trauma could often lead to severe and sustained health consequences on people’s physical and psychological health. War trauma is often prevalent in people who either participated in the war or lived near conflict zones, such as military professionals, refugees, and health workers. Advances in information and communication technologies, such as the speed, scale, and scope at which people worldwide could be exposed to the near-time happenings of the war, mean that an unprecedented number of people could face media-induced war trauma. Different from war experienced in person, which could be limited in scope and intensity, media-induced war trauma can be substantially more extensive and comprehensive—news reports on the war often cover all aspects and angles possible, possibly paired with disturbing, if not demoralizing, images, repeatedly 24/7. Although media-induced war trauma could have a profound influence on people’s mental health, particularly factoring in the compounding challenges caused by the pandemic, there is a dearth of research in the literature. To shed light on this issue, in this article, we aim to examine the implications of media-induced war trauma on people’s health and well-being. Furthermore, we discuss the duties and responsibilities of the media industry amid and beyond the current conflicts in Ukraine.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • ethics
  • media
  • mental health
  • public health
  • war trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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