Mothers' Dreams, Children Realities: The Case of Uprooted Families from South Lebanon

Therese Dabbagh, Dorit Roer-Strier, Jenny Kurman

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In this exploratory qualitative study, 15 mothers and 18 adolescents who, as family members of the South Lebanon Army, were uprooted from that country and now living in Israel, were interviewed separately. The mothers described their image of the adaptive adult, which stressed the positive values of loyalty to the family, orientation toward the group, respect, and acceptance of hierarchy and guided their child-rearing goals and socialization. The children shared similar attitudes about the importance of family loyalty and orientation toward the group, but differed from their mothers with regard to the issues of respect and obedience. We discussed the notion of "liminality," to further our understanding of the families in transition and suggest how it applies to the uprooted members of South Lebanon army. We suggest that different time orientations and contextual factors influence the participating mothers' image of the adaptive adult and the degree to which their children accept it. Implications for research and interventions are also explored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-367
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Process
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Family Process Institute.


  • Adaptive Adult Image
  • Cambio Cultural
  • Culture Change
  • Desplazados
  • Imagen del adulto Adaptable
  • Immigración
  • Immigration
  • Socialización
  • Socialization
  • Uprooted
  • 文化改变
  • 有适应能力成年人形象
  • 移民
  • 背井离乡

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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