The Investigation of Gender and Age Disparities in Self-Control, Stress Coping, and Subjective Well-Being Among Palestinian Arab Adolescents in Israel

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Hanan Masarwy, Dr. Javier Herruzo Cabrera


This article presents a thorough investigation into the disparities related to gender and age in the domains of Self-Control, Stress Coping, and Subjective Well-Being among Palestinian Arab Adolescents. The primary goal was to examine these differences within a sample of 300 Palestinian Arab adolescents aged 12 to 15 in the northern triangle of Israel. Meticulously crafted questionnaires were distributed to collect data on self-control, stress coping, and subjective well-being. Our findings unveil significant variations in self-control skills between male and female Palestinian Arab adolescents, while subjective well-being does not display gender-based differences. Moreover, a significant difference was found between the two groups on self-control skills t(298)= -13.01, p<.001. Palestinian Arab adolescents between 14-15 Years of age showed higher self-control abilities (M = 4.10, SD = 0.27) than Palestinian Arab adolescents between 12-13 Years of age (M = 3.63, SD = 0.35). Additionally, our study reveals substantial differences in stress-coping mechanisms between male and female Palestinian Arab adolescents, underscoring the significance of acknowledging gender and age disparities in self-control, subjective well-being, and stress-coping strategies. These insights have the potential to guide interventions and support systems aimed at enhancing the well-being and resilience of Palestinian Arab adolescents.

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