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

  • Awad Mataria


    (Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University)

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

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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Paper provided by Economic Research Forum in its series Working Papers with number 428.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
Date of revision: Aug 2008
Publication status: Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:428
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