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Analysis of the Differential Relationship between the Perception of One’s Life and Coping Resources among Three Generations of Bedouin Women

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Conflict Management and Resolution Program, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba 8410501, Israel
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Kay Academic College of Education, Beersheba 84536, Israel
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Social Work Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba 8410501, Israel
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(5), 804; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16050804
Received: 28 January 2019 / Revised: 17 February 2019 / Accepted: 28 February 2019 / Published: 5 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health of Marginalized People)
Bedouin society has undergone rapid changes over the past decade. The younger generation of Bedouin women is better educated, which has enabled them to enter different professions, increased their incomes and elevated their social status. We examined the sense of coherence (SOC) and its components of meaningfulness, manageability and comprehensibility as well as the use of coping strategies among Bedouin women from three age groups. We also investigated the coping resources and strategies before determining the relationships between these variables in the three groups. One hundred ninety-six women participated in the study. Differences were found mostly between the oldest age group (61 years and older) and the two younger groups (21–40 and 41–60 years old). The oldest women reported less meaningfulness and used less positive reframing, planning, humor and acceptance. In terms of coping strategies, venting was used more by the youngest group whereas behavioral disengagement was used more by the oldest group. In the younger groups, SOC and its components were positively correlated with the use of coping strategies that are considered to be adaptive and with emotional support. However, the correlations between these factors were negative among the oldest group, which points to non-adaptive coping strategies used by these women. These results are discussed in light of the salutogenic, stress-appraisal and coping theories. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bedouin; women; coping resources; coping strategies Bedouin; women; coping resources; coping strategies
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Braun-Lewensohn, O.; Abu-Kaf, S.; Al-Said, K.; Huss, E. Analysis of the Differential Relationship between the Perception of One’s Life and Coping Resources among Three Generations of Bedouin Women. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 804. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16050804

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Braun-Lewensohn O, Abu-Kaf S, Al-Said K, Huss E. Analysis of the Differential Relationship between the Perception of One’s Life and Coping Resources among Three Generations of Bedouin Women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(5):804. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16050804

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Braun-Lewensohn, Orna; Abu-Kaf, Sarah; Al-Said, Khaled; Huss, Ephrat. 2019. "Analysis of the Differential Relationship between the Perception of One’s Life and Coping Resources among Three Generations of Bedouin Women" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 5: 804. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16050804

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