Perspectives on Filial Responsibility Among Uprooted Families From South Lebanon

Therese Dabbagh, Dorit Roer-Strier, Jenny Kurman

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This study focuses on filial responsibilities among uprooted families. Views of 20 mothers and 20 adolescents and young adults from southern Lebanon residing in Israel were compared to identify the roles that adolescent children assume and the perceived effects of these roles. Eight domains of filial responsibilities were agreed upon: language broker, cultural broker, financial supporter and breadwinner, surrogate parent and sibling caretaker, emotional supporter of parents, mediator of family conflicts, heritage transmitter, and role model. The roles had simultaneous positive effects and negative effects. The discussion illustrates the importance of cultural context of country of origin and the host culture. Moreover, it suggests implications of the findings for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-520
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2017

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© 2016 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2016 Society for Research on Adolescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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