Transition to Adulthood During Military Service

The Israeli Case

By Amia Lieblich

Subjects: Jewish Studies
Series: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Paperback : 9780791401477, 221 pages, October 1989
Hardcover : 9780791401460, 221 pages, October 1989

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Table of contents



Part I: Personal Accounts

1. David

2. Alon

3. Yochanan

4. Gad

5. Eitan

6. Danny

7. Ido

8. Gil

Part II: Routes and Issues of Psychological Development

9. Courses of Military Service During Peacetime

10. Psychological Aspects of Participation in War

11. Personality Development During Military Service

Conclusion Transition to Adulthood in the Military Context




This is a developmental study of men in mandatory military service based on indepth interviews of young soldiers who had recently completed their service in Israel. The book deals with the central issues of transition to adulthood and the psychological effects of military service in the context of the previous research and theory concerning these subjects.

Amia Lieblich is Professor of Psychology and Dean of Students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


"It speaks the language of psychology without jargon. I especially like the way she weaves together personality and social structure, illuminating so many aspects of Israeli society. Furthermore, the age group that Lieblich studies represents the future generation in all countries. Growth and development may look the same in various societies, but the shadings, nuances, and the meaning of adolescence will vary from culture to culture. This book deals with that issue effectively. " — Anne R. Bloom, Graduate Center, City University of New York

"The soldiers' stories are fascinating and most illuminating for the theories. " — Ruth Linn, University of Haifa