Year: 2006 Source: Crisis, v.27, no.3, (2006), p.107-118 SIEC No: 20070321

This article reviews the literature on suicide bombing. It addresss the question of just how much a psychological understandng of the individuals involved can aid in prevention. Historical, epidemiological, & cultural perspectives are examined & the nonpsychological & psychological approaches to suicide bombing are compared. On the basis of the material available, it seems social processes such as group-dynamic indoctrination & political factors are decisive in analysing this problem. The authors assert the act of killing in warfare is more important to understanding suicide terrorism than the act of suicide. (51 refs.)