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Voices of September 11th awarded project funding

The New Canaan-based Voices of September 11th has been awarded funding from the Kanishka Project Contribution Program, an initiative funded by the government of Canada.

The project will investigate the long-term psychological consequences of terrorism and factors that contribute to trauma, grief, growth and resilience.

The research will assess the symptoms of individuals who experienced the death of a loved one after an act of terrorism, drawing on the experiences of family members of Sept. 11 victims, and the families of persons impacted by the bombing of Air India Flight 182, which killed 329 people, most of them Canadians.

"Voices is pleased to be working in affiliation with the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime to conduct this important research," founding director Mary Fetchet said in a release. "This research is needed to help inform the development of effective interventions to lessen traumatic reactions and to promote resilience in the lives of victims' families and survivors."

A central goal of the study is a more systematic understanding of traumatic symptoms, resilience characteristics and post-traumatic growth, including the circumstances during which they are likely to occur. In addition, the study will address the existing gap in scholarly disaster literature by assessing which variables may contribute to psychological complications years after.

The key objectives of the project are to understand the long-term positive and negative psychological symptoms that follow an act of terrorism and to develop a statistical model that predicts traumatic symptoms, resilience characteristics and post-traumatic growth. The project will ultimately summarize these findings for scholarly publications, conferences, communities and other organizations.

"Voices of September 11th and the Canadian Resource Center of Victims of Crime are excited to lead this ground-breaking research project, and we are currently reaching out to family members impacted by 9/11 or the Air India bombing. We invite them to contact us if they are interested in participating," Fetchet said.

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