Coping with war captivity: The contribution of personality resources

Rachel Dekel*, Zahava Solomon, Karni Ginzburg, Yuval Neria, Giora Zakin

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Being a prisoner of war (POW) is one of the most traumatic experiences to which individuals may be subjected. The literature shows that exposure to war captivity may result in long lasting scars manifested in psychological, somatic, cognitive, and functional impairment, including PTSD reactions. However, there is a wide variability in these distress reactions among POWs. The question is do personality characteristics account for the variability in psychosocial responses to war captivity? The present chapter examines the unique and combined contribution of three personal resources: Sensation seeking, attachment, and hardiness to mitigate the negative effects of captivity, as manifested in PTSD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeople under Extreme Stress
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)1594545707, 9781594545702
StatePublished - 2006


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