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Resilience in the Palestinian Occupied Territories
Resilience in the Palestinian occupied territories
Toine Van TeeffelenHaniaBitarSaleemAl-Habash

A focus on resilience is an extremely useful way of looking at the mental health of children and adults in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT: includes the West Bank, Gaza, and East-Jerusalem). On the one hand, Palestinians are dealing with a broad range of adversities and psychological stressors that, especially during the latest intifada (Palestinian uprising), have tested them and their health to the limit; on the other hand, they possess individual, social, and national assets that help the majority continue to live on despite the many problems they face. In this chapter, we detail both the adversities Palestinians face and the consequences of those adversities to their mental health. We also ...

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