Predictors of individual, community and national resiliencies of Israeli Jews and Arabs

Hadas Marciano, Shaul Kimhi, Yohanan Eshel

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The contribution of individual characteristics to predicting individual, community and national resilience of Israeli Jews and Arabs was investigated. Psychological resilience refers to people's assessment of their ability to withstand negative psychological consequences of major afflictions, and to keep functioning despite these adversities. The following hypotheses were examined: 1. The Jewish sample would score higher than the Arab sample on indices of individual, community and national resilience. 2. Men of both groups would score higher compared with women on these resilience indices. 3. Exposure to terror and fear of upcoming war would negatively predict the resilience of both groups. 4. Higher level of religiosity, right wing political attitudes, higher income, higher education, older age and higher sense of coherence will positively predict the investigated resiliencies. The random sample included 1100 Jews and 350 Arabs who participated in an internet survey. Resilience was defined in this study as the balance of individual, community and national strength (protective factors) to vulnerability (risk factors). The results supported the first three hypotheses whereas the fourth hypothesis was supported only for the Jewish sample. The present study indicated that some predictors had universal effect on resilience, whereas others seemed to be culture specific predictors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-561
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Community and national resilience
  • Demographic variables
  • Individual
  • Israeli Jews and Arabs
  • Predictors of resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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