Stress of Siege of Gaza and Locus of Control in Palestinian Children in the Gaza Strip.
The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of siege on locus of control of Palestinian children. Escalation of the crisis in the Gaza Strip was obvious after the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militant groups in the early morning hours of 28 June 2006.
Such expectancies may generalize along a gradient based on the degree of semantic similarity of the situational cues. Previous studies in the Gaza Strip in the last 11 years showed that the most common stressors due to siege were: feeling being in big prison, unable to finish the construction of the houses, unable to travel, finding jobs, and treatment outside the Gaza Strip.
Children and adolescents who develop an external locus of control and experience uncertainty about the extent of control they have over life, events have also been hypothesized to be at increased risk of developing depression. A previous study found that there was a high, positive correlation between children’s locus of control and state anxiety scores in a stressful situation.
A previous study found that there was a high, positive correlation between children’s locus of control and state anxiety scores in a stressful situation. Results indicated that children with a more externally focused locus of control have higher-levels of anxiety when exposed to a stressful situation. This highlight the need to involve parents in education programs to increase their awareness of children psychological needs in time of war and siege which may increase children internal locus of control and increase their self-esteem.
Psychol Cogn Sci Open J . 2018; 4(1): 1-7. doi: 10.17140/PCSOJ-4-137