Project Summary

This project is a continuation of an ongoing longitudinal study of the effects of exposure to conflict and violence on the mental health and behavior of Palestinian and Israeli youth. Three cohorts of youth (originally ages 8, 11, and 14) have been assessed three times at one-year intervals. The goals of this research are to continue analyses directed at our original specific aims with the three waves of data collected by June 2010 and to re-interview youth in all three cohorts, focusing on the oldest cohort (age 20 in 2013). This approach addresses allows us to: (1) examine clinically significant mental health and aggressive/antisocial problems that should be associated with persistent exposure to political violence; (2) examine potential protective factors (e.g., civic engagement, constructive activities, political activism, post traumatic growth); and (3) for all age cohorts, examine the role of emotional reactivity in response to ethnic-political violence exposure by collecting bio-markers.

Funding

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Investigators

  • L. R. Huesmann

Project Period

2012-07-01 - 2016-06-30