What is it about?

In this study we examined the role of child abuse, social exclusion and discrimination in predicting PTSD and resilience among young Arab women in Israel. Close to 70% of the sample experienced one or more types of child abuse. Women who experienced child abuse, social exclusion and discrimination had more post traumatic symptoms. When social exclusion was reported high, it hindered the resilience of women who had experienced low levels of child abuse. Our study shows the important role of broad social factors in explaining PTSD and resilience.

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Why is it important?

Only few studies have explored the mental health of young Arab women in Israel. This population is exceptionally vulnerable when child abuse is added to the political, cultural and social marginalities they experience. Our study emphasizes the importance of adopting an intersectional trauma framework in order to provide treatment for marginalized minority women.


"This paper gives voice to a silenced and marginalized population and informs researchers, policy makers and practitioners how to relate to the multitype and interrelated traumas of young Arab women in Israel"

Shira Pagorek Eshel
Ruppin Academic Center

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This page is a summary of: The role of exposure to child abuse, social exclusion, and discrimination in predicting posttraumatic symptoms and resilience among young Arab women in Israel., American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, September 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ort0000649.
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