Criminology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Adam Lankford Draws on New Research to Re-Examine the Mental Health of 9-11 Hijackers

Adam Lankford’s research into the mental health problems of the 9-11 terrorists appears in a recent issue of the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. In the more than fifteen years since the attacks, research on the psychology of terrorists has advanced and new information has become available on some of the attackers. Lankford’s study finds that these men may have had significantly more mental health problems than previously assumed and that the attack’s planners personally approved the inclusion of suicide attackers with a history of mental illness. Lankford argues that security officials may be able to delegitimize suicidal terrorism and thereby reduce its number of supporters.

The article appears in full at the link below.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cbm.2056/full