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Mabelle Kretchner

Mabelle Kretchner

MA Social Psychology


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PhD student supervised by Eran Halperin, Julia Elad-Strenger & Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler. MA from Reichman University under the supervision of Prof. Gilad Hirschberger. Interested in psychological factors of intergroup tensions. My current research focuses on the emotional basis of political divide and extremism. Developing the "Motivated Helplessness" hypothesis - examining the protective function of perceived helplessness in handling social threats with Dr. Uri Lifshin & Prof. Mario Mikulincer.
October 2016 - October 2019
Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya
Field of study
  • Social Psychology
October 2011 - October 2014


Publications (8)
SPSS Syntax Code for Motivated Helplessness in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Data file is available both here an on OSF: https://osf.io/63t94/ Read More: https://guilfordjournals.com/doi/10.1521/jscp.2020.39.6.479
SPSS data file for: Motivated Helplessness in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Evidence for a Curvilinear Relationship Between Perceived Ability to Avoid the Virus and Anxiety The Syntax file with the code is also available on Research Gate and OSF (note that this file includes raw data and excluded participants and the filter should be used...


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Projects (2)
There are three main research goals: to examine the (1) role of individual-level factors in adopting beliefs in just war ; (2) universality (vs. cultural specificity) of beliefs related to just war; and (3) macro-level factors moderating the concept of just war across national and religious backgrounds. To examine the concept of just war we use three-dimensional model of beliefs in just war: (1) just war – restricted view on reasons and means of war, as self-defensive and targeted only toward military goals; (2) utilitarian war – unrestricted view on war reasons, accepting war as a way of intergroup conflicts resolutions; (3) dirty war – unrestricted view on war means, accepting any means useful in defeating the enemy.
According to the motivated helplessness hypothesis, helplessness against threats in specific domains can serve an anxiety-buffering function, and protect people from experiencing fear, anxiety, guilt, or threats to self-esteem. The goal of this project is to develop, test and apply this hypothesis to various social-psychological phenomena.