The psychological impact of the Intifada on Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and Gaza: an exploratory study

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1990 Oct;60(4):496-505. doi: 10.1037/h0079207.


The mental health of 796 Palestinian children living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip was assessed in terms of reported psychological status and behavioral symptoms. Results, interpreted within the context of the 1987 uprising (Intifada), indicate that exposure to political and military violence may be associated with the onset of conduct problems and fears, although active participation in the conflict may enhance self-esteem and shield children from development of psychological symptoms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Child Reactive Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Personality Development*
  • Personality Tests
  • Self Concept
  • Social Environment
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic* / psychology*
  • Violence*
  • Warfare*