Lea Zanbar (Ariel University, Israel), Krys Kaniasty, and Navit Ben-Tzur (Ariel University, Isreal) published “Engagement in community activities and trust in local leaders as concomitants of psychological distress among Israeli civilians exposed to prolonged rocket attacks” in Anxiety, Stress, & Coping: An International Journal.
The study was conducted in the aftermath of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict and investigated psychological aftermath of exposure to rockets attacks in a sample of residents of central and southern Israel. Analyses focused on the distress-protective functions of collectively grounded resources: engagement in community activities and trust in local leadership. Higher engagement in community activities exhibited a partial trauma-buffering function. However, higher levels of trust in local leaders appeared to exacerbate negative impact of rocket exposure on posttraumatic stress reactions, yet exerted a beneficial effect on nonspecific psychological distress symptoms. Collectively based resources are important for coping in times of community-wide stressors, yet their role is complex.
Department of Psychology