Spousal Violence among Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union

By Hadas Doron.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study examines psychological and marital risk factors of 322 immigrant couples from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in Israel. The research focuses on two populations: the general immigrant population and the welfare immigrant population; the latter group is comprised of couples treated in welfare service departments. The dependent variable is evidence of violence between a couple, called spousal violence .The independent variables are: education level, gender, symbolic loss, psychological adjustment (both positive and negative emotions) and the perception of gaps in the family relations between Israel and the country of origin (called “cultural-familial gap” in this study). Surprisingly, it was found that the welfare immigrant population reports less spousal violence than the regular immigrant population. In addition, a correlation was found between spousal violence and the following factors: higher education, lower level of psychological adjustment and greater familial-cultural gap between the country of origin and Israel. The discussion focuses on the characteristics of FSU immigrants - educational level and orientation towards cultural preservation - within the Israeli context that connects to psychological responses which, in turn, creates spousal violence.

Keywords: Spousal Violence, Immigration

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.117-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.252MB).

Dr. Hadas Doron

Lecturer, Social Work, Tel Hai Academic College, Yokneam Moshava, Israel

Dr. Doron research interests include Family and Spouse relationship at non normal conditions in life; Gender differences across life span; Immigration and Psychological Adjustment: Parenthood and Fatherhood; Couple Stress at War Times; Violence in Families ;Students Perceptions on Families; and other matters. Dr. Doron is a Lecturer at Tel-Hai College and has private clinic for family therapy. He is a member these organizations: *Israel Association for Family and Marital Therapy and Education in Family Life. *Israel Association of Social Workers, *Committee on Family Research (CFR), International Sociological Association, *International Family Therapy Association (IFTA). Dr. Doron’s publications include: Marriage in Small Communities: Interdependence, Equality, Quality, and Stability(2002); Allowing clients to choose their preferable nonverbal therapeutic modality (2004); The socialization of Social Work: A Developmental Perspective (2006); Family Structure, Marriage Patterns, and Psychological Adaptation following Immigration to Israel (2007); Spousal Violence Among Immigrants from Contagious Love - The couple relationships of AIDS carriers (2008); and Psychological Adaptation to Migration Pressures among Immigrants: Gender Differences (2008).

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