The current study aims to investigate the long-term effects of war and occupation among Palestinian children in West Bank.The situation in the West Bank is uncommon in the frequency with which children are exposed to war-related traumatic events on a daily basis and because of the long-term nature of the conflict. The study sample was basic school students in West Bank; that consisted of 537 students; 242 (45%) were males and 295 (55%) were females and the mean of age in the sample was (14.8 ± 1.12). There were 341 (64%) of the students from villages and there were 196 (36%) students from cities. The participants completed a Checklist of Traumatic Experiences (CTE).The study found that almost every Palestinian child of the sample had been exposed traumatic experiences (chronic trauma). There is more than 22% of the participants exposes from 11 - 15 traumatic experiences from the total 34 traumatic experiences; such as any of your friends, neighbours, or relatives been injured by the occupying forces, inhaling tear gas, any of your friends, neighbours, or relatives been killed by occupying forces, witnessed anyone being arrested by the occupying forces, and the occupied forces used your house, block, camp, or zone as a cordon. Also, the study found that males are more exposed to traumatic experiences than females; moreover, there were significant differences between residences; students from villages are more exposed to traumatic experiences than cities.The study provides valuable evidence that demographic and socioeconomic factors mediate the relationship between different war traumatic events. Interventions should take into account the children’s background including their gender, age, where they live, and their socioeconomic status (e.g., family income, parents' educational level, family size) to alleviate the psychological symptoms and to enhance their resilience
(PDF) The Exposure to Traumatic Experiences Among the Palestinian Students in the West Bank. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344690299_The_Exposure_to_Traumatic_Experiences_Among_the_Palestinian_Students_in_the_West_Bank[accessed Aug 02 2021].