Adolescents under rocket fire: When are coping resources significant in reducing emotional distress?

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Stress reactions and coping resources of adolescents in chronic and acute situations evoked by missile fire were examined. Data were gathered during August 2006 (Second Lebanon War) on a sample of 303 Israeli adolescents living in Northern Israel (acute state) and 114 youths from Sderot and the Negev, an area which has been exposed to frequent rocket attacks in the last seven years (chronic state). State anxiety and psychological distress were measured as stress reactions. Sense of coherence, family sense of coherence, sense of community and level of exposure were investigated as potential explanatory factors in reducing emotional distress. The overall magnitude of variance explanation was found to be different at each state: a relatively high amount explained variance of stress reactions was found in the chronic stress situation, but not in the acute state. These data support the value of developing a model that differentiates stress situations with the aim of understanding patterns of significant resources in moderating stress reactions in each state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalGlobal Health Promotion
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • adolescents
  • chronic versus acute stress
  • coping resources
  • emotional distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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