Sense of coherence and socio-demographic characteristics predicting posttraumatic stress symptoms and recovery in the aftermath of the second lebanon war

Shaul Kimhi, Yohanan Eshel, Leehu Zysberg, Shira Hantman, Guy Enosh

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Abstract

This study investigated the role of sense of coherence (SOC) as a mediator between demographic attributes of individuals (gender, age, economic situation, and exposure to traumatic events during the war) and two war outcomes (postwar stress symptoms and perceived posttraumatic recovery). The participants were 870 adults (ages ranged between 20 and 85), who were affected by the Second Lebanon War and were evacuated from their home town. They were administered the research questionnaire approximately one year after this war. Path analysis indicated the following: gender, age, economic situation, and exposure were significantly associated with level of symptoms as well as perceived recovery. However, three of these connections (age, economic, and exposure) were partially mediated by SOC which was linked with lower levels of stress symptoms and higher levels of perceived posttraumatic recovery. Unlike our hypothesis, exposure by age interaction was not significantly associated with SOC and the two war outcomes. Results supported the hypotheses that SOC mediates between demographic characteristics and negative (symptoms) as well as positive (perceived recovery) war outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-152
Number of pages14
JournalAnxiety, Stress and Coping
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by grant from the UJA Federation of New York.

Keywords

  • Mediation model
  • Perceived posttraumatic recovery
  • Second lebanon war
  • Sense of coherence
  • Stress symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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