תהליכי הסתגלות משפחתיים בקרב עולים מחבר העמים: מחקר אורך

Translated title of the contribution: Family adjustment processes among immigrants from the Former Soviet Union: A longitudinal Research

לודמילה רובינשטיין, יוליה מירסקי, ורד סלונים-נבו

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Abstract

Immigration is a major life event that affects the lives of individuals and families. This article studies the processes that occur over time in families of immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel.The research method is qualitative. The findings are based on a content analysis of 35 semi-structured in-depth interviews with spouses from six immigrant families. The interviews were conducted over seven years between 2001 and 2008, at four points in time. Data analysis reveals that in the first year,improvement occurred in the relationships between family members, but after two years, a stormyperiod of crises and conflicts began. Although all families experienced crises, they responded in two different ways: preserving the original structure of the family and changing this structure and creating an alternative family system. The findings suggest that family crises in immigration do not occur immediately, but rather between the second and fourth years after immigration. In families where the roles and status of family members change radically after immigration, it is harder to maintain the family balance. However, flexibility is a resilience factor. When the family system is flexible enough to change its role structure, it can successfully cope with crises and adjust. The study may improve the development and implementation of interventions with immigrant families by taking into account the time since their immigration and the nature of the family system.
Translated title of the contributionFamily adjustment processes among immigrants from the Former Soviet Union: A longitudinal Research
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)32-58
Number of pages27
Journalהגירה
Volume13
StatePublished - 2023

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