Emotions and perceived risks after the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war

Uri Benzion, Shosh Shahrabani, Tal Shavit

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Abstract

The current study aims to examine how the intense emotions experienced by different Israeli groups during the 2006 Second Lebanon War affected their perceptions of risk. Two weeks after the end of the war, a questionnaire was distributed among 205 people. Some were from the north and had been directly affected by the rocket attacks; others were from the center of Israel. The questionnaires, based on Lerner et al. (2003), measured emotions and perceived risk. The results show significant differences between those living in the north and those in the center of Israel. As expected, people living in the north reported more emotional difficulties during the war, greater perceived risk, and more pessimism in comparison to the center group. Moreover, the results point to significant differences between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs regarding emotions and perceived risk. In addition, the study results show a positive relation between anger and perceived risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-41
Number of pages21
JournalMind and Society
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emotions
  • Israel
  • Risk
  • Terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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