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ERIC Number: EJ784474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Iraqi Adolescents: Self-Regard, Self-Derogation, and Perceived Threat in War
Carlton-Ford, Steve; Ender, Morten G.; Tabatabai, Ahoo
Journal of Adolescence, v31 n1 p53-75 Feb 2008
A year into the 2003 US-Iraq war, how were adolescents in Baghdad faring? Conflict-related events typically lower psychological well-being; in contrast, investment in and protection of threatened identities should lead to self-esteem striving and, presumably, better well-being. How threatened do Iraqi adolescents feel? Is their self-esteem related to their sense of threat? Do age, religion, ethnicity, and gender alter the link between perceived threat and self-esteem? We use data from 1000 randomly selected adolescents living in Baghdad during July 2004. Iraqi adolescents reported high levels of threat; those feeling more threatened reported higher levels of self-esteem. Social background correlates with both self-esteem and perceived threat, but controlling for social background does not eliminate the relationship between self-esteem and perceived threat. We interpret our results in light of theory and research concerning social identity, mortality threats, and war trauma.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iraq