Motherland or home country: a comparative study of quality of life among Jews from the former Soviet Union, who immigrated to Israel, Jews in Russia, and Israeli nonimmigrants

M. Amir, L. Ayalon, S. Varshavsk, N. Bulygina

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Abstract

The present study's aim was to compare health-related quality of life (QoL) as measured by the SF-36 between 51 Jews from the former Soviet Union who immigrated to Israel between 3 and 8 years ago (Group 1) and 52 Jews who currently live in Russia (Group 2). Both were compared to a matched control group of 49 veteran Jewish nonimmigrant Israelis (Group 3). The results showed few differences between Group 1 and Group 2. However, both groups scored significantly lower than Group 3 on five of the eight subscales on the SF-36. It was concluded that Russian Jews who had immigrated to Israel did not differ significantly with regard to QoL compared to those who stayed behind in Russia and that more than 8 years are needed to reach the level of veteran Israelis who enjoy better QoL than both Jews in Russia and former Russians who immigrated to Israel.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)712-721
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume30
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999

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