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ERIC Number: ED251732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
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Reaction of Armenian Children to Wartime Stress in Lebanon.
Der-Karabetian, Aghop
The psychological reaction of children to wartime stress has been studied at some length but with equivocal results. To compare the reactions of 52 Armenian children who had experienced the 1975-1977 Lebanese Civil War in Beirut with the reactions of 39 Armenian children who did not experience the war, the children participated in structured interviews. The interview content included stress symptoms, personal attribute preferences, dream content, and sentence completions. An analysis of the results showed that the stress group more frequently reported sweaty palms, fatigue, and feelings of loneliness and sadness. However, they less frequently reported bad dreams, quarrels, suspicions of whispers, belief that other children were happier, and being secretive about their fears. The stress and no-stress groups did not differ in reporting many pathological symptoms such as shortness of breath, sleeplessness, headaches, nervousness, fear of blood, fear of the dark, sense of boredom, helplessness, and being misunderstood. Furthermore, they also did not differ in the mean total endorsement of symptoms. The war stressed group manifested higher incidence of covert "fight" or "flight" reactions. These were taken as possible adaptive coping strategies that may help fend off the debilitating effect of the war stress. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Lebanon