Caregiver burden among three-generation immigrant families in Israel: Academic Article uri icon


  • Examined the difficulties of adult immigrants in Israel who care for both young children and older relatives sharing the same household. 40 caregivers (CGs) were surveyed. Findings show that for the majority of cases, the 3-generational family unit was a new arrangement necessitated by immigration. Moreover, there was a reported deterioration in the physical and psychological condition of the elderly family members in Israel so that CGs were spending more time caring for them. More than half of the CGs reported stress, including emotional strain from financial burdens, time demands, and the need to balance family and personal plans. CG strain was best explained by a model consisting of 4 variables: health condition of the elderly person, amount of care provided, psychological condition of the children, and length of stay in the new country. Different kinds of help that may be offered by social workers are outlined. (French and Spanish abstracts) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

publication date

  • January 1, 1995