Psychological consequences of forced evacuation on children: Risk and protective factors

Michelle Slone, Anat Shoshani, Tal Paltieli

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Abstract

Children's psychological distress and symptoms after forced evacuation from the Gaza Strip in Israel were studied. Fifty families living in temporary residences 2 weeks postevacuation were assessed for general political and evacuation life events exposure as risk factors and family support and hardiness as protective factors. The hypothesis predicting a positive correlation between forced evacuation events and political life events and symptom levels was confirmed. Perceived family support served as a significant predictor of symptomatology, but not family hardiness, substantiating parents' role in aiding children's coping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-343
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Traumatic Stress
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

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