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The Quality of Life of Palestinians under a Chronic Political Conflict: Assessment and Determinants

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  • Awad Mataria

    () (Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, Box 154, Ramallah, West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territory.)

  • Rita Giacaman
  • Angelo Stefanini
  • Nirmala Naidoo
  • Paul Kowal
  • Somnath Chatterji

Abstract

This paper assesses the quality of life of Palestinians and its determinants; and compares the results to similar assessments from 17 other developed and developing countries. An adapted version of the WHOQoL-Bref instrument was administered to a sample of 1008 adults selected from the general Palestinian population. Factor analysis and multiple regression techniques were implemented to determine the association between principle demographic and socioeconomic characteristics and scores of extracted principal determinants, and estimated overall and domain-specific QoL scores. Chronic and acute exposure to violence and entrenched conflict over generations has resulted in significantly lower QoL of Palestinians.

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  • Awad Mataria & Rita Giacaman & Angelo Stefanini & Nirmala Naidoo & Paul Kowal & Somnath Chatterji, 2008. "The Quality of Life of Palestinians under a Chronic Political Conflict: Assessment and Determinants," Working Papers 428, Economic Research Forum, revised 06 Jan 2008.
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    1. Giacaman, Rita & Mataria, Awad & Nguyen-Gillham, Viet & Safieh, Rula Abu & Stefanini, Angelo & Chatterji, Somnath, 2007. "Quality of life in the Palestinian context: An inquiry in war-like conditions," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 81(1), pages 68-84, April.
    2. Næss, Øyvind & Hernes, Frank H. & Blane, David, 2006. "Life-course influences on mortality at older ages: Evidence from the Oslo Mortality Study," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 62(2), pages 329-336, January.
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