Mind & Society

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Emotions and perceived risks after the 2006 Israel–Lebanon war

  • Uri BenzionAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, Ben-Gurion UniversityThe Economics and Management Department, The Emek Yezreel College
  • , Shosh ShahrabaniAffiliated withThe Economics and Management Department, The Emek Yezreel College Email author 
  • , Tal ShavitAffiliated withSchool of Business, College of Management

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The current study aims to examine how the intense emotions experienced by different Israeli groups during the 2006 Second Lebanon War affected their perceptions of risk. Two weeks after the end of the war, a questionnaire was distributed among 205 people. Some were from the north and had been directly affected by the rocket attacks; others were from the center of Israel. The questionnaires, based on Lerner et al. (2003), measured emotions and perceived risk. The results show significant differences between those living in the north and those in the center of Israel. As expected, people living in the north reported more emotional difficulties during the war, greater perceived risk, and more pessimism in comparison to the center group. Moreover, the results point to significant differences between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs regarding emotions and perceived risk. In addition, the study results show a positive relation between anger and perceived risk.


Risk Emotions Terrorism Israel