Exposure to threat of war and terror, political attitudes, stress, and life satisfaction among teenagers in Israel

Michal Shamai, Shaul Kimhi

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The study examines the pattern of relations between level of threat, political attitude (willingness for political compromise), and well-being (level of stress and life satisfaction) among Israeli teenagers in reaction to Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon. Participants were 419 teenagers from two residential areas: The Northern area (close to the Israeli-Lebanese border) and the Central area (distant from the border). The results show: (a) significant differences between the two groups on: Political attitude (Center scored higher), on level of stress (North scored higher), and on life satisfaction (North scored lower); (b) a significant negative correlation between exposure to threat and political attitude; (c) significant negative correlations between political attitude and measures of stress, and a significant positive correlation with life satisfaction; (d) political attitude mediates between level of threat and well-being. Political and educational implications, and mental health policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-176
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project is supported by the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Jewish Agency for Israel and The United Israel Appeal of Canada: Project for the Promotion of Higher Education in the Eastern Galilee.


  • Adolescence
  • Political attitude
  • Stress
  • Terror
  • War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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