Head, Social Gerontology Center for Research
Professor Lowenstein's research specializes in intergenerational family relations and caregiving
Established large Research Centre on Aging, Intergenerational Relations and Health at the University of Haifa in collaboration with Prof. Ruth Katz, Head of the Department of Human Services
M.P.A., Public Administration
B.A., Sociology and Political Science
Invited Chapter - Lowenstein, A., & Naim, S.
Invited Chapter – Lowenstein, A., Katz, R. & Tur-Sinai, A.
Doron, I., Lowenstein, A. & Biggs, S.
Ben David Nissim, Halperin Daphna, Kats Ruth, Lowenstein Ariela, Tur Sinai Aviad
Given global population aging and increased longevity, the oldest old (over 85) is the fastest-growing segment, and so family care has become a near universal experience (WHO, 2002)  . With constraints on state spending, long-term elder care has become a major issue for both families and states. Informal caregivers (spouses and/or adult children and other relatives) comprise 90% of the in-home long-term-care needed, the majority of which is for the elderly.view more
This study explored various dimensions of generational relationships between older parents and their adult children using the second wave of SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe), comparing it to Dykstra’s and Fokkema’s (2011) analyses of the first wave. Results were further compared to the OASIS study (Old Age and Autonomy: The Role of Service Systems and Intergenerational Solidarity). The intergenerational solidarity model served as the main conceptual framework. Analyses yielded four family relationship types present in all countries, albeit with different frequencies ...
Our long-term, scientific collaboration in the research arena of intergenerational family relations directed us to initiate this special issue of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR) on "Intergenerational Family Relations in the Multicultural Society of Israel." Coming from diverse social disciplines, gerontology and sociology, we intertwined our interests in understanding family lives of elders in modern societies and especially within the pluralistic society of Israel ...
This investigation examined the cultural context of intergenerational support among older Jewish and Arab parents living in Israel. The authors hypothesized that support from adult children would be more positively consequential for the psychological well-being of Arab parents than of Jewish parents. The data derived from 375 adults age 65 and older living in Israel. Psychological well-being was measured with positive and negative affect subscales of the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule ...
The present research aimed to investigate the associations between solidarity and quality of intergenerational relationships between adult children and their parents and their physical and psychological consequences. In Study 1, latent class analysis on the basis of data from Chinese adult children (N = 1283) shows that six latent solidarity classes emerged, and results of multinomial logistic regression indicate that the characteristics of both generations affect latent solidarity class and relationship quality ...
The paper focuses on filial norms and attitudes of older people about the care system of welfare states. It is a further investigation of the OASIS cross national study and examines three questions: First, what do older people in Israel and Germany consider to be the proper balance between the family and the welfare state regarding elder care? Second, what are the responsibilities of the family, the welfare state and other caregivers? ...
Given current fertility trends of delayed age at first birth, along with increased life expectancy, more families will likely face parental care decisions while still handling childcare responsibilities. This paper explores whether families who are facing multiple demands for care of both offspring and parents are substituting one type of care for another. More specifically, it asks whether individuals who are engaged in childcare duties to young children are likely to provide lower levels of support to their parents when compared to individuals with older children ...
Although Canadian policies support “aging in place,” there still will be a number of older adults who will require institutional care in the future. Most research on elder abuse, however, has focused on domestic abuse and has paid less attention to institutional abuse. The purpose of this article is to comprehensively review current research to identify gaps in knowledge and methodological issues in the study of institutional abuse ...
This article discusses findings from the First National Survey on Elder Abuse and Neglect in Israel, conducted during 2004–2005 under the sponsorship of The Association for Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel (ESHEL) and the National Insurance ...
The purpose of this study was to test empirically two major conceptualizations of parent–child relations in later adulthood—intergenerational solidarity–conflict and ambivalence paradigms—and their predictive validity on elders' quality of life using ...
The article aims to answer three questions: How strong are the bonds of obligations and expectations between generations? To what extent are different types of support exchanged between generations? What are the impacts of filial norms, opportunity ...
The article addresses the strength and character of intergenerational family solidarity under different family cultures and welfare state regimes in order to answer the following two questions: Is intergenerational solidarity stronger under the more ...
The plight of prisoners' children was investigated. The study delineates the adjustment problems children experienced as a result of their separation from the father, and identifies the predicting variables affecting successful adjustment to father's incarceration. The study ...