Changes in work centrality and other life areas in Israel: A longitudinal study

Moshe Sharabi, Itzhak Harpaz

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This unique longitudinal study examines the state of work centrality and other life areas (family, leisure, community and religion) in Israel among the same individuals (n=407) over a 12-year period. A new representative sample (serving as a control group) of the Israeli labour force in 1992-93 (n=942) assists us in exploring whether the changes occurred by cohort, life course or period effect. The restudied sample maturation led to a decrease in the importance of leisure, while the importance of work, family, community and religion remained stable. The increase of work centrality between the 1980s and the 1990s was found to be influenced by period effect; there was no evidence of a life course or cohort effect on work centrality, while life course effect was found on the importance of community. In contrast to findings from other countries showing that young people attributed relatively high importance to leisure and relatively less importance to work, cohort effect regarding the latter was not observed in Israel. There, young people in the 1990s tended to view work and leisure as important as their predecessors did in the 1980s. Compared with research findings from the United States, Germany and Japan, work centrality in Israel was higher and more stable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-106
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Human Values
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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