Negative Life Events, Coping Responses, and Combat-Related Psychopathology: A Prospective Study

Zahava Solomon, Mario Mikulincer, Hanoch Flum

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Abstract

This study examined the relations of life events and coping responses to combat-related psychopathology among 255 Israeli soldiers who suffered a combat stress reaction episode during the 1982 Lebanon War. Follow-ups 1 and 2 years after their participation in combat found (a) significant effects of psychopathology at 1 year after the war on the occurrence of negative life events and the choice of coping responses during the following year; (b) unique and significant effects of negative life events and coping responses on psychopathology at 2 years after the war; (c) a significant interaction between life events and coping responses on psychopathology; and (d) a significant indirect effect of negative life events on psychopathology via the choice of coping responses. Theoretical implications of the findings were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-307
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Volume97
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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