The study was funded by a grant from UJA-NY.
Bedouin wives on the home front: Living with men serving in the Israel Defense Forces†
Version of Record online: 22 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 23, Issue 6, pages 682–690, December 2010
How to Cite
Caspi, Y., Slobodin, O., Kammerer, N., Enosh, G., Shorer, S. and Klein, E. (2010), Bedouin wives on the home front: Living with men serving in the Israel Defense Forces. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 682–690. doi: 10.1002/jts.20581
- Issue online: 17 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 22 NOV 2010
This community-based study examined emotional and somatic symptoms of 129 Bedouin women whose husbands serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Wives of men diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reported more symptoms than wives of men diagnosed with other disorders and wives of men with no diagnosis. Findings indicate that not only was PTSD in Bedouin servicemen positively associated with their wives' symptoms of posttraumatic stress and depression and somatic complaints, but that this relationship was fully mediated by husbands' aggression. Unraveling the special circumstances of women from traditional backgrounds faced with the devastating effects of husbands' combat-related posttraumatic pathology may inform an approach to the concept of vicarious trauma that is more specific to non-Western societies.