Solidarity between generations and elders' life satisfaction: Comparing Jews and Arabs in Israel

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The study examines the role of intergenerational solidarity and filial norms on life satisfaction in old age, comparing older Jews and Arabs in Israel. Three theoretical frameworks served this study: cultural values and beliefs that shape filial norms, intergenerational solidarity paradigm, and modernization theory. Data were collected by structured interviews with 185 Jews and 190 Arabs. Results show that older Arabs were more familistic, receiving more support from children, with higher filial expectations. Personal resources and the ability to be active providers in exchange relations with children contributes to life satisfaction in both groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-21
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Editor’s note: The editor thanks Ruth Katz and Ariela Lowenstein for their contribution of this invited paper for volume 10, issue 1. The study was funded by the Bi-National U.S.–Israel Science Foundation. Address correspondence to Ariela Lowenstein, Professor of Gerontology, Center for Research and Study of Aging, The University of Haifa, Haifa 31905, Israel. E-mail:


  • Elderly
  • Filial norms
  • Intergenerational relations
  • Israel
  • Jews and Arabs
  • Life satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Archaeology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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