Marital quality among couples living under the threat of forced relocation: The case of families in the golan heights

Michal Shamai, Rachel Lev

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Abstract

This study aims to explore how the long period of uncertainty about possible relocation affects the marital quality of the population in the Golan Heights and what forms of coping with this ongoing stress are used. The results, based on both quantitative and qualitative data, indicate a circular process in which the level of stress generated by the uncertainty varies with marital quality and with other personal and family resources, such as potency and an appreciation of the spouse's ability to cope with the stress. Four ways of coping with the uncertainty were observed in in-depth interviews: fighting, ignoring, postponing, and planning. The results are discussed in terms of their meaning for possible systemic interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-252
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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