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ERIC Number: EJ874964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Political Ideology and Psychological Symptoms Following Terror
Laufer, Avital; Solomon, Zahava
Youth & Society, v41 n3 p414-433 2010
The article examines the associations between political ideology and level of psychological symptoms in youth exposed to terror attacks. The study included 2,999 7th to 10th graders from various parts of Israel. Political ideology was examined in two ways: (a) as a content dimension: "political stand"--holding right, centrist, or left wing views and (b) as a content-free dimension: "ideological commitment"--which measured the strength of the political ideology regardless of its content. Findings indicated that youth holding right wing beliefs reported less distress. However, strong ideological commitment was associated with higher levels of symptoms, regardless of the political stand. The discussion concerns the differentiated role of content and content-free dimensions of a political ideology and its implication in psychological distress in the wake of political terror. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel