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By Zahava Solomon

In this hugely readable textual content, the writer info the findings of an exhaustive sequence of experiences of Isreali wrestle veterans, documenting the results of strive against rigidity response on psychological and actual well-being, social interplay, and army effectiveness. as well as supplying psychological healthiness pros, trauma sufferers, and armed forces team of workers with an extraordinary resource of data, the work's exploration of the cultural, social, and political techniques affecting restoration from wrestle tension response bargains a different point of view of latest Isreali culture.

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The functional definition of CSR thus has validity in that it distinguishes normal responses to the stress of combat from pathological ones. We hope, however, that the clearer definition we have suggested will aid commanders, physicians, and CSR casualties themselves in understanding, identifying, and responding to the disorder. 4 Naked on Dizengoff Whereas the previous chapter presented a historical view of combat stress reactions (CSR) along with our findings from the Lebanon war, this chapter will discuss the psychological processes underlying and contributing to this phenomenon.

MEASURES With regard to the research tools, most of them were instruments that were constructed and tested by well-known researchers in various fields of psychology. Not all had been translated, adapted, or standardized for use in Israel, however, and in a few cases we did not find appropriate instruments and had to construct our own. Once the questionnaires were prepared, we had to conduct pretests. We looked for a cooperative unit with combat experience and decided on an armored battalion in the Golan Heights.

Grinker (1945) reported that many World War II combat veterans developed depressions related to the death of some person to whom they had been closely attached during combat. The fatigue and guilt reported by CSR casualties are familiar symptoms of depression, with guilt appearing as feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy over poor functioning during the war. Taken as a whole, the current taxonomy of CSR is not dissimilar to earlier theoretical classifications. The factors we isolated appeared in Grinker's and then Cavenar and Nash's taxonomies under different names-our depression corresponding to their depressive type of CSR, our distancing corresponding to their passive-dependent type, our loss of control overlapping with their psychosomatic and hostile-aggressive types, and our disorientation being equivalent to their psychotic type.

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