Moderating factors explaining stress reactions: Comparing chronic-without-acute-stress and chronic-with-acute-stress situations

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The author compared patterns of moderating factors explaining stress reactions during 2 states: chronic-without-acute-stress and chronic-with-acute-stress. She hypothesized that personal dispositions would contribute more to understanding stress reactions during a prolonged stress state than during an acute state. The participants were Israeli Jewish adolescents living in West Bank settlements during the prolonged (chronic-without-acute-stress) state of the intifada (the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation) and during the chronic-with-acute-stress state, immediately after the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin. The author examined 5 variables as moderating factors - trait anxiety, sense of coherence, cognitive appraisal of the political situation, family sense of coherence, and sense of community - and measured 2 stress reactions - state anxiety and psychological distress. Data were collected from 266 8th-grade students during the chronic-without-acute-stress state and 448 students at the same grade level at the chronic-with-acute-stress state. The overall magnitude of variance explanation was different at each state: The author found a relatively high explained variance of state anxiety and psychological distress in the chronic-without-acute-stress situation but not in the chronic-with-acute stress state. These data support the value of developing a model that would recognize the different types of stress situations for moderating the effects of stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-419
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • Chronic with acute stress situation
  • Chronic without acute stress situation
  • Moderating factors
  • Stress reactions

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  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • General Psychology


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