Life events and combat stress reaction in the 1982 War in Lebanon

Z. Solomon, H. Flum

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Abstract

The role of prior life events as risk factors for combat stress reaction was evaluated. A large representative sample of Israeli soldiers who manifested combat stress reaction (CSR) in the 1982 War in Lebanon and a group of matched controls were evaluated in regard to stressful life events that had occurred in the three months preceding the war. Results did not support the hypothesized Life Event - CSR relationship. It was found that Israeli subjects in both groups not only reported low rates of life events but also assigned low weights to episodes of change. The significance of more trivial, less threatening, life events vis-a-vis the intense and continuous stress of life in Israel, in general, and of wars in particular, is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Volume23
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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