Does political ideology moderate stress: The special case of soldiers conducting forced evacuation

Tomer Shechner, Michelle Slone, Gadi Bialik

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Abstract

This study examined the moderating role of political ideology on psychological outcomes for Israeli soldiers participating in the forced evacuation of Jewish settlements from Gaza. Change in psychopathology and well-being was assessed for 3 concurrent mission groups differing in their political ideological contentiousness-forced evacuation, Gaza security, and Northern border security. After soldiers in each mission group were classified on the basis of relatively left- or right-wing political ideological tendencies, the authors examined differential impact of each mission on soldiers of differing political ideology. Results confirmed strong moderation effects of political ideology on psychological outcomes in these extreme contexts. Implications for research, prevention, and treatment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume77
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Forced evacuation
  • Military
  • Political ideology
  • Psychological outcomes
  • Stress moderation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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