Sense of Coherence During Female Holocaust Survivors’ Formative Years

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Abstract

Four female Holocaust survivors were interviewed in order to investigate how they coped prior to the Holocaust, during the Holocaust years, following the end of World War II, and during integration within emerging Jewish society prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. Antonovsky’s (1987) concept of sense of coherence (SOC) and thematic analysis were employed. The analysis suggests that their ability to navigate these life-changing circumstances as young women was the result of the elasticity of the SOC components and the meanings ascribed to them, depending on the situations encountered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-371
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Holocaust survivors
  • immigration
  • integration
  • sense of coherence

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