Perspectives on Filial Responsibility Among Uprooted Families From South Lebanon

Therese Dabbagh*, Dorit Roer-Strier, Jenny Kurman

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Abstract

This study focuses on filial responsibilities among uprooted families. Views of 20 mothers and 20 adolescents and young adults from southern Lebanon residing in Israel were compared to identify the roles that adolescent children assume and the perceived effects of these roles. Eight domains of filial responsibilities were agreed upon: language broker, cultural broker, financial supporter and breadwinner, surrogate parent and sibling caretaker, emotional supporter of parents, mediator of family conflicts, heritage transmitter, and role model. The roles had simultaneous positive effects and negative effects. The discussion illustrates the importance of cultural context of country of origin and the host culture. Moreover, it suggests implications of the findings for research and practice.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)506-520
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

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