Elaboration on posttraumatic growth in youth exposed to terror: The role of religiosity and political ideology

Avital Laufer, Zahava Solomon, Stephen Z. Levine

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Abstract

Objectives: This study aims to examine competing explanations of the relationship between religious and political ideology commitment with posttraumatic growth. Method: Subjects were Israeli youth who were exposed to terror (n = 2,999) aged 13-15. Measures included: posttraumatic growth inventory, religious orientation, ideological commitment, objective and subjective exposure to terror. Results: Both religiosity and political ideology mediated the effects of exposure and fear on growth. Political ideology but not religiosity, had a moderating effect, such that subjective fear was positively associated with growth only among those with stronger ideologies. Conclusion: Results support the contention of Terror Management Theory that cultural beliefs have beneficial effects on well being in the face of adversity and emphasize the role of cultural world as effecting growth, beyond trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-653
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescence political ideology
  • Posttraumatic growth
  • Religiosity
  • Terror

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