Immigration and generational solidarity: Elderly Soviet immigrants and their adult children in Israel

Natalia Khvorostianov, Larissa Remennick

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Abstract

Immigration in later life is an extremely stressful life event. When multigenerational families resettle together, elders turn to their adult children for support, while both generations face challenges of integration. Drawing on the framework of intergenerational solidarity-conflict-ambivalence, this qualitative study explores the relationships between elderly, ex-Soviet immigrants and their adult children in Israel. The findings illuminate the declining personal resources and family status of the elders, as well as their main coping strategies. Both generations try to discover a new balance among the old and new cultural expectations, reciprocity, and use of available, formal, geriatric services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-50
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Immigration
  • Israel
  • Multigenerational families
  • Solidarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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