Ways of coping and sense of belonging in the face of a continuous threat

Orit Nuttman-Shwartz, Rachel Dekel

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Abstract

This study examined the contribution of ways of coping and sense of belonging to stress responses among students in a conflict zone. Students at a college situated in an area exposed to continuous threat were divided according to their place of residence: locations inside and outside of the conflict zone. Rate of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was similar to rates in previous studies conducted among Israelis who had been exposed to terror. Acceptance as a way of coping and sense of belonging contributed to reducing PTSD symptoms, whereas use of alcohol and seeking support contributed to increasing stress responses. The discussion examines the results in light of the literature on ways of coping and sense of belonging in the face of continuous threat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-670
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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