ERIC Number: EJ729503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Death Obsession in Palestinians
Abdel-Khalek, Ahmed M.; Al-Arja, Nahida S.; Abdalla, Taysir
Death Studies, v30 n3 p203-215 Apr 2006
The authors explored death obsession level and correlates among a sample (N=601) of Palestinians living in the city of Beit Jala, the village of Al-Khader, and the Aida refugee camp in the Bethlehem area. They live in war conditions; the houses of half of them have been demolished. The Death Obsession Scale (DOS) was administered. Its alpha reliability was .92, denoting high internal consistency. Among women, it yielded 1 factor, (General Death Obsession), whereas among men it yielded 3 factors: Death Rumination, Death Dominance, and Death Idea Repetition. Palestinian men and women attained significantly lower DOS mean scores than participants from 4 Arab countries: Egypt, Kuwait, Syria, and Lebanon in 7 out of 8 comparisons. However, Palestinian women had significantly higher DOS mean score than their Spanish, American and British counterparts, whereas Palestinian men had significantly higher mean DOS score than Spanish peers. The low DOS scores of Palestinians, in proportion to other Arab samples, may reflect their adaptation to strife and violence.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Arabs, Death, Refugees, War, Psychological Patterns, Adjustment (to Environment), Cultural Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt; Kuwait; Lebanon; Palestine; Spain; Syria; United Kingdom; United States