Adjustment enhancer or moderator? The role of resilience in postmigration filial responsibility

Yael Ponizovsky-Bergelson*, Jenny Kurman, Dorit Roer-Strier

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The current study investigated resilience factors in filial responsibility and their relationships to adjustment indicators. Young adult immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel (N = 220) completed the Comprehensive Filial Responsibilities Inventory and 4 proxy measures of adjustment: An adapted version of the Brief Symptom Inventory, the Satisfaction With Life Scale, the General Self-Efficacy Scale, and selected items from the General Life Functioning Inventory. The resilience factors examined included individual characteristics of Sense of Coherence, Optimism, and perceived social support from an adapted version of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. In general, the resilience factors diminished the relationship between filial responsibility and some of the adjustment indicators. Overall, resilience factors make a strong and meaningful contribution to young immigrants' adjustment when main effects are considered. However, the resilience factors did not moderate the effect of filial responsibility in a protective way. The results contribute to an understanding of interrelations between postmigration filial responsibility and adjustment. Implications for social and clinical work with youngadult immigrants who have experienced filial responsibility in their family of origin are addressed.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)438-446
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015

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  • Adjustment
  • Filial responsibility
  • Immigration
  • Postmigration role reversal
  • Resilience


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