The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Meta-analysis of exposure and outcome relations for children of the region

Michelle Slone, Iris Lavi, Emily J. Ozer, Adi Pollak

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Abstract

This meta-analysis of 20 studies (including a total of 26,302 children) examined effects of political violence exposure for Jewish Israeli, Arab Israeli and Palestinian youth from 12 years of research in the Middle East conflict. The meta-analysis found a small relation between exposure and all symptoms examined, namely posttraumatic, behavioral and emotional symptoms, among all children. The relation between exposure and posttraumatic or emotional symptoms was significantly higher than that between exposure and behavioral symptoms. The relation between proximity to exposure and symptoms was significantly stronger than that for direct exposure, which was significantly stronger than that for media exposure. Implications of these findings extend beyond the geographic borders of this particular conflict. Millions of children worldwide are affected by armed conflict, war and terrorism and understanding the toll on children is of theoretical, clinical and practical import.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-61
Number of pages12
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume74
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2017

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