Advocating multi-disciplinarity in studying complex emergencies

The limitations of a psychological approach to understanding how young people cope with prolonged conflict in gaza

Gillian Lewando Hundt, Dawn Chatty, Abdel Aziz Thabet, Hala Abuateya

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    The paper looks at the limitations and strengths of using the A-cope questionnaire for measuring strategies for coping with prolonged conflict by Palestinian young people in Gaza. The scale was administered to young people between the ages of 8 and 17. The results show some gender differences in coping strategies. However, some items on the subscales are not relevant for Muslim societies or societies in situations of prolonged conflict. The authors suggest that combining an anthropological contextual perspective and qualitative data with psychological instruments is an effective way of addressing the limitations of using a single quantitative method of assessment in non-Western complex social and cultural settings.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)417-431
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
    Volume36
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 1 2004

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    Advocating multi-disciplinarity in studying complex emergencies : The limitations of a psychological approach to understanding how young people cope with prolonged conflict in gaza. / Lewando Hundt, Gillian; Chatty, Dawn; Thabet, Abdel Aziz; Abuateya, Hala.

    In: Journal of Biosocial Science, Vol. 36, No. 4, 01.07.2004, p. 417-431.

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