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NEGATIVE SYMPTOMS, ANGER, AND
SOCIAL SUPPORT: RESPONSE OF AN
INPATIENT SAMPLE TO NEWS COVERAGE
OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 TERRORIST
Ronnie G. Stout, Ph.D. and Rokeya S. Farooque, M.D.
We examined the reactions of 17 male inpatients on a secure psychiatric unit to
television news coverage of the September 11 attacks. All had psychotic diag-
noses. We hypothesized that self-exposure and affective response to the news
coverage and use of social support would be inﬂuenced by predominance of neg-
ative symptoms. Additionally, we examined for the emergence of common stress
symptoms and exacerbations of psychosis. Results showed a dose-response rela-
tionship between amount of viewing and magnitude of response to the coverage.
Anger was the emotion most clearly tied to coverage exposure and the other re-
sponse variables. A wide range of stress symptoms was reported. Hypotheses
concerning the inﬂuence of negative symptoms were partially supported. A sig-
niﬁcant minority of the patients disclosed exacerbation of psychotic symptoms
in response to the attacks. Patients who reported a negative emotional reaction
Ronnie G. Stout, Ph.D., is a Psychologist at the Middle Tennessee Mental Health In-
stitute, Nashville, Tennessee.
Rokeya S. Farooque, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of
Psychiatry, Neurology, and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville,
Address correspondence to Rokeya S. Farooque, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Neu-
rology, and Behavioral Science, Meharry Medical College, 1005 D. B. Todd Boulevard,
Nashville, Tennessee, 37208; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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