Yael Benyamini

Yael Benyamini
Tel Aviv University | TAU · School of Social Work

PhD

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Introduction
I study how people think about their health and illnesses: My research is in Health Psychology with a main focus on subjective perceptions of health and illness and their effects on coping with health threats and ultimately on the psychological and physical outcomes. Particular interests include women's reproductive health issues (infertility, childbirth). I am currently a Professor at the School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, and a Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society.
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October 1999 - present
Tel Aviv University
Position
  • Professor
Description
  • Full Professor from 2013
March 1998 - September 1999
Tel Aviv University
Position
  • Fellow
October 1997 - February 1998
Tel Aviv University
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
September 1993 - August 1996
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Field of study
  • Health Psychology, Social Psychology

Publications

Publications (145)
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Importance: To our knowledge, the role of overall diet quality in successful aging has not been conclusively demonstrated. Objective: To prospectively examine the association between diet quality and longevity and successful aging in a population-based cohort of older adults. Design, setting, and participants: Participants in "Mabat Zahav" (th...
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Background: The effectiveness and long-term outcomes of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) are not fully established, especially considering that data from patients who withdrew from the trial are rarely analyzed, which may lead to overestimation of SCS efficacy. We evaluated short and long-term effects of SCS on chronic pain and perceived health, beyo...
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Objectives Despite the well-documented negative effects of posttraumatic stress symptoms following childbirth (PTSS-FC), research on protective factors for PTSS-FC is still missing. Aiming to fill this gap, we proposed and examined a process model through which maternal-infant skin-to-skin contact after birth reduces PTSS-FC by decreasing negative...
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Background: The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the physical and mental health of people everywhere. The aim of the study is to understand how people living in 15 countries around the globe experience an unexpected crisis which threatens their health and that of loved ones, and how they make meaning of this disruption in th...
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The present study examined the relationship between risk experience and risk perceptions in relation to the target (risk to the self vs. others) and for two different types of risk: acute risks (i.e., terrorist attacks) and cumulative health risks (i.e., alcohol consumption, tobacco consumption, and unhealthy eating) in two countries (Israel and Ge...
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Background Fertility treatment discontinuation is difficult as it entails accepting childlessness. In most countries, financial limitations provide sufficient justification to terminate treatment. In Israel, unlimited funding enables women to undergo multiple treatment cycles, even when the odds of success are poor, thus providing a context for stu...
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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic posed unique challenges to medical teams in general and in the field of obstetrics in particular, where the provision of medical services could not be postponed. Optimal care during the COVID-19 outburst required rapid adjustment to changes, ensuring staff and patients' safety while maintaining close and direct...
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Background The Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing resulted in the need for an immediate transition of all medical education to online education with a concern that such a pandemic might recur.Objective To assess the feasibility of an online clinical rotation in Obstetrics and Gynecology during the Covid-19 pandemic and to identify effective pe...
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Objective: Previous research has shown that skin-to-skin contact in the delivery room is associated with an increase satisfaction with childbirth. The purpose of the present study was to examine whether this association differs as a function of mode of birth, such that the positive effect of skin-to-skin contact would be especially pronounced for w...
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Perceptions of age and perceptions of health have each been found to predict future health and well-being, yet surprisingly, studies typically focused on one or the other. Studies on perceived age suggested that its effects on longevity may be mediated by perceived health. Within each of these lines of research, the constructs have not been consist...
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Objectives: Pediatric-acquired disability is often a crossroads in the lives of children and their parents, as they set out to adjust to a new physical impairment. This longitudinal study examined associations between the severity of children's-acquired disability, their parents' caregiver burden and adjustment, and parents' perception of the chil...
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Purpose: Psychosocial factors have been linked to myocardial infarction (MI) outcomes. Whether psychosocial factors affect post-MI long-term adherence to secondary prevention recommendations remains uncertain. Methods: Patients ≤65 years (n = 616) were assessed for optimism, perceived social support (PSS), sense of coherence (SOC), anxiety, and...
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Aims Sexual activity is an important factor in the overall quality of life. We examined whether resumption of sexual activity frequency within the first few months after myocardial infarction (MI) is associated with long-term survival. Methods and results Sexually active patients aged ≤65 years (n = 495; median age, 53 years), drawn from the longi...
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Purpose The present study assessed the effects of several prenatal maternal expectations on postpartum depression (PPD), while considering two relevant factors – incongruence between planned and actual birth and the rigidity of the birth plan – that can affect whether maternal expectations act as protective factors or risk factors for PPD. Methods...
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Little is known about the psychological processes of pregnant women in different family structures. Aiming to fill this gap, the present study examined the prenatal maternal expectations (common cultural beliefs about what women can expect during the transition to motherhood) of women from lesbian ( n = 51), single ( n = 57), and heterosexual ( n =...
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Introduction: Various biopsychosocial factors affect women's preferences with respect to mode of birth, but they are usually not examined simultaneously and prospectively. In the current study, we assessed the contribution of personal characteristics of first-time mothers, their prior prenatal perceptions, events during birth, and subjective birth...
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Background: Women's fertility intentions, their desired number of children and desired inter-pregnancy interval (IPI) are related to micro (personal) and macro (socio-cultural) level factors. We investigated factors that contribute to changes in women's fertility intentions in Israel, a developed country with high birth rates. Methods: Pregnant...
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Introduction: Women's fertility intentions, their desired number of children and desired inter-pregnancy interval (IPI) are related to micro (personal) and macro (socio-cultural) level factors. We investigated factors that contribute to changes in women's fertility intentions in Israel, a developed country with high birth rates. Methods: Pregnant w...
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Introduction: Women's fertility intentions, their desired number of children and desired inter-pregnancy interval (IPI) are related to micro (personal) and macro (socio-cultural) level factors. We investigated factors that contribute to changes in women's fertility intentions in Israel, a developed country with high birth rates. Methods: Pregnant w...
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Introduction: Women's fertility intentions, their desired number of children and desired inter-pregnancy interval (IPI) are related to micro (personal) and macro (socio-cultural) level factors. We investigated factors that contribute to changes in women's fertility intentions in Israel, a developed country with high birth rates. Methods: Pregnant w...
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Wide disparities in knowledge of risk factors and prevention of osteoporosis were demonstrated among midlife Israeli minority women (Arabs and immigrants from the former USSR) compared to Jewish long-time residents. Women who believed osteoporosis to be a serious disease and those who felt susceptible to it reported better knowledge. Purpose: The...
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Women's basic beliefs about birth as a natural and as a medical process are associated with childbirth choices and experience. These beliefs have only recently been quantified and not much is known about their development. In the current study, we assessed the differential effects of the objective and the subjective birth experience on changes in t...
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Minimal data file- changes in birth beliefs following first birth. (XLSX)
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Background Infertility is a source of stress, particularly in pronatalist societies in which a lifestyle without children is viewed as an unacceptable option. The present study examined the relationship between the use of culturally adapted religious coping strategies and emotional adjustment among women coping with fertility problems. Methods Thi...
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Objective: To synthesise qualitative studies on women’s psychological experiences of physiological childbirth. Design: Meta-synthesis. Methods: Studies exploring women’s psychological experiences of physiological birth using qualitative methods were eligible. The research group searched the following databases: MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PsycARTICL...
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Objective: To synthesis qualitative studies on women’s psychological experiences of physiological childbirth. Design Meta-synthesis. Methods Studies exploring women’s psychological experiences of physiological birth using qualitative methods were eligible. Results Eight studies involving 94 women were included. Three third order interpretations we...
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Background: Fear of childbirth (FOC) could have significant impact on women's childbearing choices and experience. Culture affects the way women conceptualize childbirth, influencing the fears and expectations they may hold in relation to it. In the current study, we examined differences in childbirth preferences of cesarean section and use of epi...
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Recollections of own maternal care measured by parental bonding were found to be important in the pregnant woman's construction of herself as a mother. Although these recollections were studied with regard to various variables, there is a dearth of studies associated with pregnancy and childbirth. In this cross‐sectional study, 341 pregnant women w...
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The community is often considered a resource for coping with health-related stress but has potential for negative effects when coping with fertility problems. In this study, we examined the associations between the social-environmental variables (seeking the support of the community, perception of pressure from the community, and perception of spou...
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Childbirth is a pivotal event for many women, and evidence suggests that women possess strong expectations regarding this experience. In a longitudinal study of 330 Israeli first-time mothers, we distinguished between physical, emotional, and cognitive factors and used them to assess the underlying mechanism of satisfaction, based on theoretical fr...
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This study captured older people’s attitudes and concerns about sex and sexuality in later life by synthesising qualitative research published on this issue. The systematic review was conducted between November 2015 and June 2016 based on a pre-determined protocol. Key words were used to ensure a precise search strategy. Empirically based, qualitat...
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Sexuality remains important throughout a person’s life, but sexual behavior does not receive the same levels of acceptance at all ages. Older people are challenged by ageist attitudes and perceptions that hinder their sexual expression. They are stereotyped as non-sexual beings who should not, cannot, and do not want to have sexual relationships. E...
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Objective: Perceptions about the nature of the birth process are important in determining women's birth choices regarding labour and delivery but are scarcely the subject of empirical research. The aim of the current study was to assess women's beliefs about birth as a natural and safe or medical and risky process and study the associations of the...
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Problem: Birth preferences, such as mode and place of birth and other birth options, have important individual and societal implications, yet few studies have investigated the mechanism which predicts a wide range of childbirth options simultaneously. Background: Basic beliefs about birth as a natural and as a medical process are both predictive...
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Purpose: The special issue on Women's Reproductive Health in Cultural Context covers multiple dimensions of women's reproductive health and how it might be shaped by cultural meanings, social and gender inequities, and power differentials, employing a variety of methodological approaches. On the one hand, it aims to bring to the forefront the conv...
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Purpose: Patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) experience reduced quality of life which may be associated with mortality in the longer term. This study explores whether patient-rated physical and mental health status was associated with mortality at 6-year follow-up among patients with CHD attending primary care in Ireland and Northern Irelan...
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Background: Women perceive what birth is even before they are pregnant for the first time. Part of this conceptualization is the basic belief about birth as a medical and natural process. These two separate beliefs are pivotal in the decision-making process about labor and birth. Adapting Engel's biopsychosocial framework, we explored the importan...
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PURPOSE: The purpose of this systematic review of the literature is to look at the current evidence of the psychological experience of physiological childbirth. BACKGROUND: Childbirth is a dynamic process in which the fetal and maternal physiology interacts with the woman’s psychosocial context, yet this process is predominantly evaluated using obj...
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Purpose: Infertility could be highly stressful, particularly in a pronatalist culture. We aimed to develop the concept and a measure of normalization (maintaining normal life routines and feeling "normal") as a strategy that could enable women with infertility maintain their quality of life (QoL) while coping with this condition. We tested its ass...
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Problem: Rates of medical interventions in childbirth have greatly increased in the Western world. Background: Women's attitudes affect their birth choices. Aim: To assess women's attitudes towards the medicalization of childbirth and their associations with women's background as well as their fear of birth and planned and unplanned modes of b...
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Background: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are associated with reduced health-related quality of life (HRQoL). We aimed to identify factors that influence patients HRQoL by exploring the role of optimism, social support and coping strategies in contributing to patients' HRQoL. We focused on patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) after pouch surge...
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Background: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) affect patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and are associated with higher levels of anxiety and depression. We aimed to investigate whether illness perceptions and coping strategies were associated with mental adjustment (depression and anxiety) and HRQoL in IBD. Methods: Patients were pros...
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Objective: To assess the association between dispositional optimism, defined as generalized positive expectations about the future, and long-term mortality in young survivors of myocardial infarction (MI). Patients and methods: A subcohort of 664 patients 65 years and younger, drawn from the longitudinal Israel Study of First Acute Myocardial In...
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Introduction: Basic beliefs about birth as a natural and safe or a medical and risky process are central in the decisions on where and how to birth. Despite their importance, they have not been studied separately from other childbirth-related constructs. Our aim was to develop a measure to assess these beliefs. Method: Pregnant Israeli women (N = 8...
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Objectives To investigate methods that older Holocaust survivors and their age peers use in order to maintain the best possible life and to examine associations between these methods and subjective well-being. Method Participants were 481 older Israelis (mean age 77.4 ± 6.7 years): Holocaust survivors (n = 164), postwar immigrants (n = 183), and p...
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The study aimed to examine differences in medication use among midlife women from different cultural origins and to identify socio-demographic, health, and lifestyle characteristics associated with prescribed and non-prescribed medication use. Face-to-face interviews with women aged 45–64 years were conducted during 2004–2006 within three populatio...
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Religious coping has been found to help people in stressful situations. It takes place within a specific cultural religious/context yet its measurement has not always been adapted to the context of the study population. The aim of this study was to develop an instrument to measure religious coping among religious Jews—a population that has received...
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Objectives: The conditions under which planning for behaviour change is most effective are not fully understood. In the context of a weight management programme, we examined the interrelationship between plan specificity, type of behaviour planned (diet vs. exercise), and weight loss goals. Design: Prospective design and content analysis of plan...
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We present the concept of aintegration (not integrated, maintaining incongruence), defined as the human ability to bear cognitive/emotional complexity, manifested in the capability to maintain incongruence and live with inconsistencies, discontinuities, contradictions and paradox, and yet not experience strain or discomfort. After defining aintegra...
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Purpose: Previous research has explored the association between social support (SS), cardiovascular disease, and mortality. Perceived SS (PSS) refers to an individual's attitude toward received SS. This study aimed to: (1) assess the association between PSS levels and long-term mortality among first myocardial infarction (MI) survivors, (2) compar...
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The current article details a position statement and recommendations for future research and practice on planning and implementation intentions in health contexts endorsed by the Synergy Expert Group. The group comprised world-leading researchers in health and social psychology and behavioural medicine who convened to discuss priority issues in pla...
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The current article details a position statement and recommendations for future research and practice on planning and implementation intentions in health contexts endorsed by the Synergy Expert Group. The Group comprised world-leading researchers in health and social psychology and behavioural medicine who convened to discuss priority issues in pla...
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Illness perceptions were shown to be related to emotional and physical outcomes, as proposed by Leventhal's self-regulation model. These perceptions include the illness identity, its timeline, consequences, causes, and controllability, which later research found to include self-control and treatment control. The current study aimed to examine the r...
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Objectives: To examine cultural differences in Weight status misperception (WSMP) and identify associations between weight perception and weight control efforts among overweight/obese midlife women in Israel. Methods: Data from the nationally representative Women's-Health-in-Midlife-National-Study were used. Participants included overweight (25...
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The current investigation aimed to assess levels of knowledge about risk factors for heart disease among midlife Israeli women, and to evaluate the relationship of knowledge to personal risk factors and vulnerability to heart disease. Face-to-face interviews with women aged 45-64 years were conducted during 2004-2006 within three population groups:...
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We examined eating disorders in midlife and beyond by comparing frequency of anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), and other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED) among midlife eating disorder treatment-seeking individuals and younger controls. We also compared demographic and eating disorder-related chara...
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A single self-rated health (SRH) assessment is associated with clinical outcome and mortality, but the biological process linking SRH with immune status remains incompletely understood. To examine the association between SRH and inflammation in apparently healthy individuals. Our analysis included 13,773 apparently healthy individuals attending the...
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The present study aimed to investigate the possible mechanisms linking a single-item measure of global self-rated health (SRH) with morbidity by comparing the association strengths between SRH with markers of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function, inflammation, blood glucose and blood lipids. Cross-sectional comprehensive healthcheck data of 3947...
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Background: This study evaluates gender differences in the prevalence of psychotropic medications use among elderly Israelis and the socio-demographic, physical and mental health correlates of their use. Method: Data were taken from a national survey that sampled the community-dwelling Jewish population aged 65-94 in Israel. Psychotropic medicat...
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Objectives: We examined: (a) long-term effects of war-related trauma and captivity on posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), physical health, and subjective age; and (b) the moderation effect of PTSS and health on subjective age among ex-prisoners of war (ex-POWs) and war veterans. Method: Israeli veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur War (mean age 57...
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Abstract Self-rated health (SRH) has been found to predict future health, yet its importance is unique in the information it captures, beyond more objective measures. This information can include psychosocial and cultural factors that can be important in understanding women's health. Our goal was to test whether long-term Jewish residents (LTJR), i...
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Abstract Objectives: First, to replicate previous findings on the detrimental effect of negative self-perceptions of ageing (SPA) on physical health outcomes and to expand them to the prediction of mental health; second, to test whether an optimistic outlook to the future can buffer the effect of negative SPA on physical and mental health outcomes....
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Attrition is a major limitation of most weight management intervention programmes. The present study aimed to conduct an extensive investigation of personal, sociodemographic and treatment-related factors associated with attrition at different stages of a 10-week group weight-loss programme. The present study is part of a longitudinal, clinical int...
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Stressful medical procedures range from highly stressful ones, such as major surgery and chemotherapy, to simple procedures such as immunizations and blood tests. Though such procedures vary greatly in the degree of physical intrusiveness, pain and discomfort they cause, the stress experienced by patients results not only from these physical factor...
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People are often motivated to determine the causes of events: the more unexpected and disruptive the event, the more likely is the individual to ask, ‘Why did this happen?’ (Weiner, 1985). As the symptoms and diagnoses of illness are often unexpected and disruptive and may have threatening implications, we can expect health threats to stimulate pre...