The personal and the political: Israelis' perception of well-being in times of war and peace

Simha F. Landau, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Shlomit Levy

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This study investigated the perception of personal well-being among different segments of Israeli society for various levels of national stress. The three measures utilized (health worries, happiness, and coping) were derived from 203 surveys of national samples conducted between June 1967 and August 1979 (N = 112 005). Gender, education, age, religiosity, and ethnic origin were correlated with these indicators during periods of low, medium, and high national stress. In general, lower levels of well-being were reported by women, the less educated, the older age groups, the religious, and those of Eastern origin, as predicted. Contrary to expectation, health worries decreased during times of high national stress. The results are discussed in the context of differences between measures of well-being, the intensity of stress on the national level, and the role of each of the above sociodemographic variables as a resource, buffer or handicap, in dealing with stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-365
Number of pages37
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant (to the first author) from the Israel Science Foundation, administered by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The Authors would like to thank Daniel Fridman for his assistance with the statistical analysis. An earlier version of this article was presented at the Ninth Meeting of the Israel Psychiatric association, Tel-Aviv, March, 1997.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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