Growing Up in the Middle East: The Daily Lives and Well-Being of Israeli and Palestinian Youth

Yossi Harel-Fisch, PhD
International Research Program on Adolescent Well-Being and Health, School of Education, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Ziad Abdeen, PhD
Al-Quds Nutrition and Health Research Institute,CISEPO Program Director Palestine, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem, Israel

Miriam Navot
Engelberg Center for Children and Youth at Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, JDC Hill, Jerusalem, Israel

Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
BISAC: MED069000




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This book presents the findings from the Middle East Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC-ME) cross-cultural study of Jewish and Arab Israeli youth and of Arab youth in the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A representative sample of 24,935 11-15 year old children. The study is based on the World Health Organisation’s HBSC cross-national study, carried out in over 40 countries in Europe and North America since the early 80’s. The findings enable to learn about the daily lives of youth of the Middle East, in relation to family culture, parental relationship, school experience, leisure time activity and community involvement. They also enable to investigate the epidemiology and determinants of patterns of health related risk behaviours associated with major health outcomes, such as violence, smoking, eating habits, physical activity and safety practices. The information obtained from this study serves as a “backbone” for exchanging expertise, insights and ideas, among research teams, health and education professionals and decision makers, to develop better evidence-based policies, programs and intervention strategies, to prevent youth risk behaviours and truancy, and to promote mental, physical and social well-being of adolescents living in this disturbed region of the world. (Imprint: Nova)

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List of Figures

List of Diagrams

Part One: Introduction


Part Two: Youth and Social Setting: Family, School and Peers

Chapter 1. Family

Chapter 2. School

Chapter 3. Peers and Leisure Activity

Chapter 4. Community Involvement and Volunteering

Chapter 5. Socioeconomic Inequality

Part Three: Patterns of Health-Related Behaviour

Chapter 6. Physical Activity and Nutrition

Chapter 7. Smoking Behaviour

Chapter 8. Youth Violence

Chapter 9. Injury and Safety Behaviours

Part Four: Physical and Mental Health

Chapter 10. Mental Well-Being

Chapter 11. Conclusions


Part Five: Acknowledgements

Chapter 12. About the Authors

Chapter 13. Acknowledgements


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