Youth exposure to security threats in Israel

Yifat Ben-David, Shlomo Romi

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    This article examines the impact of three moderating variables ‒ attachment style, family support, and general values ‒ on the wellbeing of Israeli adolescents exposed to various levels of ongoing security threats. Based on a sample of 412 adolescents, it shows that young persons with a secure attachment style, high family support, and formed values have a higher degree of wellbeing. The findings for twelfth graders are of particular concern as their wellbeing was found to be lower than that of ninth and tenth graders. Using the path analysis model, the article explores the practical implications of the results and suggests ways and means for treating adolescents in similar circumstances.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)332-358
    Number of pages27
    JournalIsrael Affairs
    Issue number2
    Early online date8 Feb 2018
    StatePublished - 4 Mar 2018

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    • Israel
    • adolescents
    • attachment style
    • exposure to security threats
    • family support
    • terrorism
    • values
    • wellbeing


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