War-Time Stress and Sexual Well-Being in Israel

Aryeh Lazar, Ateret Gewirtz-Meydan, Talli Y. Rosenbaum

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Objective: This study explored the relationship between war-related stressors and sexual well-being among a civilian population during the 2023 Israel–Hamas War, emphasizing a comprehensive assessment of sexual satisfaction, function, and distress. We aimed to investigate how direct exposure, media exposure, and acute stress symptoms during the war contribute to various dimensions of sexual well-being using a quasi-longitudinal online survey method. Methods: An online survey with a convenience sample of 1033 Israeli adults, utilizing measures of direct and media exposure to war stress, acute stress symptoms, and various aspects of sexual well-being, both pre-war and present was distributed. Data analysis involved Pearson correlations and hierarchical regression. Results: There were significant associations between stress-related variables and sexual well-being, highlighting the differential contribution of direct exposure, media exposure, and acute stress symptoms. Direct exposure to stress was uniquely associated with sexual dysfunction, while media exposure and acute stress symptoms contributed significantly to predicting various aspects of sexual well-being. Conclusions: Recognizing the multifaceted impact of stress during wartime on sexual well-being is crucial for developing comprehensive mental health interventions that address individual and societal factors. This study contributes valuable insights into the relationships between stress-related variables and sexual well-being during wartime, emphasizing the need for holistic approaches in addressing the intimate challenges individuals face during times of conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024


  • War-related stressors
  • acute stress symptoms
  • sexual distress
  • sexual function
  • sexual satisfaction


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