The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin: Resonance of a national tragedy in psychotherapy

Eli Somer, Meir Saadon
1997 Psychotherapy  
This single-site study looked at reactions of Israeli patients in psychotherapy to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Data were collected during the first psychotherapy session following the fatal shooting of the Prime Minister. Thirty-one vignettes were provided for investigation by eight clinicians. The patients' reactions were subjected to qualitative data analysis that yielded high intercoder agreement with regard to 20 codes clustered in four content categories: (1) object
more » ... gories: (1) object of reference; (2) perceived threat; (3) personal association; (4) affect. No apparent relationships between DSM diagnoses and any response patterns were identified, indicating that our subjects might have responded with grief reactions that transcended diagnostic nosologies. Our findings indicate, however, that subjects with a history of paternal child abuse were significantly more likely to respond in a unique way: they often identified with members of the surviving family or with the assassin rather than with the slain leader, explored anxieties about the looming dangers emanating from the Israeli The authors wish to thank Galit Perl, M.A. and Motti Ginni, M.A. for their assistance rendered in the data analysis.
doi:10.1037/h0087854 fatcat:dz4giofvszdddoiqboak2pntsq