Living under the threat of relocation: Spouses' perceptions of the threat and coping resources

Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Michal Shamai

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This study examined the contribution of couples, shared perceptions of the threat of relocation, and the buffering effect of personal and marital resources in coping with stress. The study was conducted with a random sample of 95 couples in the Golan Heights region in Israel, where a unique situation exists in which families live under a threat of relocation, due to the peace negotiations between Israel and Syria. Two resources were examined: potency and marital quality Results showed that potency made the greatest contribution to coping either with demands or stress, both in couples who had similar or different future scenarios, while marital quality was found to relieve the stress only in couples who shared the same future scenarios. The average level of stress was found to be higher but not significant among couples with different future scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-121
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Relocation
  • Resources
  • Spouses
  • Stress
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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