Coping Styles and Combat Motivation During Operations: An IDF Case Study

Uzi Ben-Shalom, Yizhaq Benbenisty

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The characteristic challenges of combat lead military personnel to develop adaptive coping styles that are different from coping styles used in routine life. This contention is explored using data collected from Israel Defense Forces conscript and reserve soldiers during intense military operations. The results of this study support this claim, in particular concerning faith. Coping styles were also correlated with combat motivations and measures of positive and negative emotions. It seems that a well-adapted soldier may use unique coping styles that, although perhaps not understood by outsiders, can contribute to his capacity to carry out his undertakings. A better understanding of such a state of mind should prove valuable for military leaders and religious experts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-674
Number of pages20
JournalArmed Forces and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • IDF
  • combat motivation
  • combat stress
  • coping styles
  • religion


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