The War Experience of Lebanese Adolescents: July 2006

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Lebanon has been experiencing conflicts (internal and external) since 1960, and Lebanese from all regions have been affected by them through either exposure to shelling or combat, displacement, bereavement, emigration, separation from parents, or being a witness or even a victim of violent acts (Macksoud & Aber, 1996). This research investigates the war experience of 549 Lebanese adolescents from 4 main regions in Lebanon (i.e., Beirut, southern Lebanon, the Bekaa Valley, and northern Lebanon) after the war in 2006. It looks at 10 main experiences that are spread over 3 subscales labeled active involvement, passive involvement, and loss. Results have shown that shelling and combat were mostly experienced by adolescents from the Bekaa Valley, and deprivation was experienced equally by adolescents from southern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. Furthermore, involvement in combat and injuries were only significantly associated with religious affiliation. This being said, region had a significant effect on all types of war traumas except emigration. Further research examining specific psychological factors needs to be conducted to gain a better understanding of these war experiences and their impacts
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)946-962
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'The War Experience of Lebanese Adolescents: July 2006'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this