Coping styles and post-war psychopathology among Israeli soldiers

Zahava Solomon*, Ehud Avitzur, Mario Mikulincer

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This study examined the relationships of problem-focused coping and emotion-focused coping, on the one hand, and psychopathology profile (SCL-90 subscales) after participation in a war, on the other. The sample consisted of 139 Israeli soldiers who participated in the 1982 Lebanon War and were followed up 3 yr after their participation in combat. Statistical analyses revealed that a pervasive use of emotion-focused coping was generally found to be related with the presence of psychiatric symptoms. In addition, it was found that a high level of problem-focused coping moderated the detrimental effects of emotion-focused coping on mental health. Results were discussed in terms of Lazarus and Folkman's theory of stress and coping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-456
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990


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