The effect of security-related stress on dyadic closeness among jews and Arabs in Israel: A daily diary study

Adital Ben-Ari, Yoav Lavee

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Abstract

An important aspect of Israeli life is its continuous state of conflict with the neighboring Palestinian people and Arab countries. Given that security-related stress is so intensely experienced by all Israeli residents, we examined the effects of daily fluctuations in security-related stress on dyadic closeness among Jewish and Arab couples. Time sampling approach was used to study repeated sequences of associations between stress and dyadic closeness. Data were collected from 188 Jewish and 93 Arab couples by means of daily diaries. Hierarchical multivariate linear modeling was used to analyze the data. The findings indicate that stress results in increasing distance between intimate partners, but the effect varies with the level of marital quality and socioethnic affiliation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-393
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Process
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Daily diary
  • Dyadic closeness
  • Marital quality
  • Security-related stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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