Magazine article USA TODAY

Post-September 11 Search for Safety. (Security)

Magazine article USA TODAY

Post-September 11 Search for Safety. (Security)

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Many Americans are likely to equate sameness with safety and, as a result, will be less likely to move from their homes during the year following the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, predicts Jerome Rosenberg, a University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, associate psychology professor who has expertise in trauma and survival. "I think people will move less in the coming year. I think people will feel a sense that sameness is related to security, and I think people will want to be close to their families."

The extent to which people will remain troubled in 2002 by fears of anthrax poisoning or other copycat threats will vary among individuals. "I think it will be a balance [among] many Americans who will ignore it, those who live with it, and those who will scale back their lives in many ways because of it," he suggests.

Even if the anthrax mystery is solved and no terrorist activity is immediately visible, 2002 will be different. …

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