"I May Look 75, but I'm Really a Pioneer": Concept of Self and Resilience Among Israeli Elder Adults Living in a War Zone

Julia Chaitin, Rotem Sternberg, Hagar Arad, Lea Barzili, Nira Deray, Shlomit Shinhar

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Abstract

This qualitative study explored concept of self and its connection to resilience among 35 elderly Israeli men and women, who live in a war zone along the border with Gaza. The participants were asked to tell their life stories and to answer questions that dealt with hardships they have faced, including the security threat that characterizes the area. Analyses of the interviews revealed 13 overall themes. The major theme discussed in this article centers on the interviewees' self concept of being ideological pioneers, who have a strong belonging to the settlements they created in the desert. We conclude that this self-concept relates to resilience among this population, in spite of the hardships they have faced on the personal, familial, communal and social-political levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1601-1619
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biographical methodology
  • Elder adults
  • Israel
  • Resilience
  • Self-concept
  • War

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