Sense of coherence and adjustment to divorce among Muslim Arab citizens of Israel
Article first published online: 6 AUG 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 309–326, July/August 2003
How to Cite
Cohen, O. and Savaya, R. (2003), Sense of coherence and adjustment to divorce among Muslim Arab citizens of Israel. Eur. J. Pers., 17: 309–326. doi: 10.1002/per.493
- Issue published online: 6 AUG 2003
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 MAR 2003
- Manuscript Received: 3 JAN 2003
- Israel Ministry of Science. Grant Numbers: 1101-391, 1101-392, 1101-393
This study examined the distinctiveness and causal relationships of Antonovsky's (1979) Sense of Coherence Scale and the Mental Health Index of Veit and Ware (1983) in a sample of 306 divorced Muslim Arab men and women in Israel. The findings, based on confirmatory factor analysis and latent-variable structural modelling, suggest that in the present sample sense of coherence (SOC) and mental health are two independent but correlated constructs. They also suggest that, consistent with Antonovsky's theory, SOC may be better viewed as a mediator between stress and mental health than as a concurrent outcome of stress, although the latter possibility is not ruled out. Finally, the findings indicate that the SOC of the sample was relatively low in comparison with other groups. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.