The study examines the association between ideological worldviews among youth and the sense of distress resulting from political events. It examines two hypotheses: the first is that events that contradict ideological worldviews are associated with greater distress levels and the second is that the higher the level of ideological commitment, the higher the distress level will be, regardless of the type of stressor. Therefore this study examines distress levels among right-wing adolescents exposed to two different political stressors: (a) Palestinian terror-which matches their right-wing ideology that regards the Palestinians as an enemy, and (b) the evacuation of settlements-which contradicts their right-wing ideology. As expected, higher distress levels were found during evacuation of settlements, compared to the response to Palestinian terror. It was also found that ideological commitment was positively associated with levels of distress with regard to both stressors.
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The study was supported by the R&D Center—Samaria & Jordan Rift and by the Adler Research Center, Tel Aviv University.
- Political stand
- Right-wing ideology