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Avi Besser

Avi Besser

My main research interest is in the area of personality and social psychology, specifically, vulnerability factors to depression across the lifespan and interpersonal functioning. My research topics include: vulnerability factors in postpartum depression; attachment and psychological adjustment in children, adolescents, and mothers; perfectionism; self-esteem; self-criticism/dependency, distress and depression, suicidality, self-esteem, humor styles, and PTSD. For a list of publications, please see:

Currently, I serve as an Associate Editor for Self and Identity and Consulting Editor for Individual Differences Research, and am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, and Consultation, and of the International Journal of Stress Management.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Causal Attribution
  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality Theories and Research
  • Personality Vulnerability and the Interpersonal Cont.
  • Practicable Aspects of Employee Selection

Avi Besser
Department of Behavioral Sciences. Chairman, Center for Research in Personality, Life Transitions, and Stressful Life Events
Sapir Academic College
79165 Hof Ashkelon

  • Phone: (+972) 8-680286
  • Fax: (+972) 8-661078

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