The association between right-wing political ideology and youth distress

Avital Laufer*, Mally Shechory, Zahava Solomon

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Abstract

The study examines the association between ideological worldviews among youth and the sense of distress resulting from political events. It examines two hypotheses: the first is that events that contradict ideological worldviews are associated with greater distress levels and the second is that the higher the level of ideological commitment, the higher the distress level will be, regardless of the type of stressor. Therefore this study examines distress levels among right-wing adolescents exposed to two different political stressors: (a) Palestinian terror-which matches their right-wing ideology that regards the Palestinians as an enemy, and (b) the evacuation of settlements-which contradicts their right-wing ideology. As expected, higher distress levels were found during evacuation of settlements, compared to the response to Palestinian terror. It was also found that ideological commitment was positively associated with levels of distress with regard to both stressors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

Funding

FundersFunder number
Adler Research Center, Tel Aviv University

    Keywords

    • BSI
    • Disengagement
    • Distress
    • Political stand
    • Right-wing ideology
    • Terror
    • Youth

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