Resource loss and posttraumatic responses in Bedouin members of the Israeli Defense Forces

Ortal Slobodin, Yael Caspi, Ehud Klein, Barry D. Berger, Stevan E. Hobfoll

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Abstract

This study examined the impact of exposure to traumatizing events in an ethnic minority group of Bedouin members of the Israel Defense Forces (N = 317). Guided by the conservation of resources (COR) theory (Hobfoll, 1988), the authors hypothesized that loss of resources would mediate the relationship between trauma and posttraumatic responses. We found that loss of personal resources (e.g., self-esteem, self-mastery) was the best predictor of psychological distress among traumatized Bedouin servicemen. Our findings suggest the significance of personal resources within collectivist communities in coping with trauma and maintaining resilience. This study contributes to the understanding of the ethnocultural aspects of trauma and the potential interventions that may be tailored for minority groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-60
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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