Rural arab families coping with caregiving

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This research examines the coping patterns of the rural Arab family in caring for a chronically ill elderly relative. The Arab community in Israel is in transition as a result of modernization with changes occurring in the traditional family structure, family norms and living arrangements. This study was conceptualized within the framework of intergenerational solidarity versus ambivalence and utilized a qualitative approach based on the phenomenological paradigm. Data were collected from 10 family units with a chronically ill homebound elder, by means of in-depth interviews. Four people were selected from each unit including the elder, his/her spouse-the primary caregiver-and two other secondary caregivers, usually sons and daughters-in-law. The data indicate the uniqueness of coping patterns among these caregivers in regard to two main components, which are contradictory to findings in the family caregiving literature: differences in the gender of child caregivers and the family readiness to use assistance from formal support systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-197
Number of pages19
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 16 Oct 2000


  • Caregiving
  • Formal and informal support systems
  • Intergenerational ambivalence
  • Intergenerational solidarity
  • Israeli-Arab families
  • Rural families

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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