Predicting the use of different conflict tactics among Arab siblings in Israel: A study based on social learning theory

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*, Samia Dawud-Noursi

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The article presents a study conducted among 832 Arab adolescents from Israel, in an attempt to predict their use of different tactics (i.e., reasoning, verbal abuse, and physical violence) to resolve conflicts with siblings from the perspective of social learning theory. Different forms of the CT Scales were utilized to elicit information on Arab adolescents' exposure to and experience with different conflict tactics in their families of origin, as well as on their use of such tactics with siblings. Results indicate that the more they witnessed reasoning in their families of origin, the greater the likelihood that they would use the same tactic to resolve conflicts with their siblings. At the same time, the more they witnessed or experienced verbal abuse and physical violence, the greater their use of verbal and physical violence against their siblings. A detailed discussion of different patterns of violence in Arab families as reported by the adolescents is presented, and several implications of the study are addressed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)81-103
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was partially funded by a grant from the Kahanoff Foundation awarded to the principal investigator and senior author of this article, Dr. Haj-Yahia. The authors would like to express their sincere gratitude to Aswan Saleh, Manal Rouhana, Wafa Habayeb, Moustafa Jibarah, Atef Odeh, Yousef Shaheen, and many others for their invaluable assistance in conducting this study. We would also like to thank Miriam Schneiderman for her editorial assistance.


  • Arab youth and violence
  • Conflict tactics
  • Experiencing domestic violence
  • Sibling abuse and violence
  • Witnessing domestic violence


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