This article was edited by the Journal's previous Editor, Paula Schnurr.
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2011
Copyright © 2011 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 54–60, February 2011
How to Cite
Slobodin, O., Caspi, Y., Klein, E., Berger, B. D. and Hobfoll, S. E. (2011), Resource loss and posttraumatic responses in Bedouin members of the Israeli Defense Forces. J. Traum. Stress, 24: 54–60. doi: 10.1002/jts.20615
This research was supported by a grant from UJA-NY and was part of a needs assessment study in the Bedouin community of Beit Zarzir, Western Galilee, Israel.
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2011
This study examined the impact of exposure to traumatizing events in an ethnic minority group of Bedouin members of the Israel Defense Forces (N = 317). Guided by the conservation of resources (COR) theory (Hobfoll, 1988), the authors hypothesized that loss of resources would mediate the relationship between trauma and posttraumatic responses. We found that loss of personal resources (e.g., self-esteem, self-mastery) was the best predictor of psychological distress among traumatized Bedouin servicemen. Our findings suggest the significance of personal resources within collectivist communities in coping with trauma and maintaining resilience. This study contributes to the understanding of the ethnocultural aspects of trauma and the potential interventions that may be tailored for minority groups.