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Compr Psychiatry. 1988 Nov-Dec;29(6):588-97.

Demoralization in Soviet-Jewish immigrants to the United States and Israel.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago 60612.


Two hundred seventy-two recent Soviet-Jewish immigrants to the United States were compared with 412 Soviet-Jewish immigrants to Israel for the purpose of determining which country was more likely to lead to the development of demoralization. Even when differences in age and marital state were accounted for, the immigrants to the United States were significantly more demoralized. Individuals with low social support, older immigrants, women, and divorced or widowed individuals were more likely to be demoralized in both countries. Self-selection and host reception factors are explored to explain the differences between the two groups of immigrants.

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