Nuclear anxiety  

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Nuclear anxiety refers to anxiety in the face of a potential future nuclear holocaust, especially during the Cold War. American anthropologist Margaret Mead viewed such anxiety in the 1960s as a violent survivalist impulse that should instead be channeled toward a recognition of the need for peace. American psychologist Michael D. Newcomb and others defined "nuclear anxiety" in the 1980s post-détente period, Newcomb developing a psychometric to evaluate it with the Nuclear Attitudes Questionnaire (NAQ) in 1986, although mental effects had been at issue since the start of the Atomic Age. It was particularly examined as an issue in child and adolescent psychiatry.

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