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ERIC Number: EJ1021920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Changing Familial Roles for Immigrant Adolescents from the Former Soviet Union to Israel
Kosner, Anna; Roer-Strier, Dorit; Kurman, Jenny
Journal of Adolescent Research, v29 n3 p356-379 May 2014
This article examines how young immigrants to Israel from the former Soviet Union during their adolescence perceive and cope with the resulting changes in their family roles. Data collected via interviews and focus groups from adolescents and young adults ("N" = 34) revealed six distinct roles: language broker, family navigator, breadwinner, cultural broker, self-caretaker, and counselor. These roles were reported to generate negative effects (e.g., lost childhood, distress) and simultaneously positive effects (e.g., gaining independence, life-experience). Various mechanisms facilitated coping, including help from friends and family, self-strength, and a sense of meaning. The findings challenge traditional views of role reversal and broaden the perspective on role change in immigration. This article discusses the importance of cultural context as well as implications of the findings for theory, research, and practice.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel; USSR
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