Family Relations and Elder Care Among Arabs in the North of Israel

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The study examined family relations and elder care, in light of the modernization processes that are taking place in the Arab sector. Interviews with 25 older adults, 27 family members, and 5 paid home care workers of an Arab origin were conducted. Qualitative analysis consisted of constant comparisons and contrasts of relevant themes. Most Arabs reported that intergenerational solidarity is very strong in the Arab sector. Whereas many older adults and a few of their family members tended to favor paid care, the majority of Arab family members and fewer older adults stated that family care is preferred. Finally, a third theme outlined the desired properties of care, which consists of a true mix between formal and informal care. The study points to two sources of tension between (a) older adults and their family members and (b) perspectives on care held by the National Insurance Institute and the Arab sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-858
Number of pages20
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The author received a grant from the National Insurance Institute of Israel to support this study.

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National Insurance Institute of Israel


    • ambivalence
    • conflict
    • cultural sensitivity
    • formal care
    • informal care
    • intergenerational solidarity


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