Fifty Shades of Gray: Satisfaction with Life Among Jewish Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union to Israel

Eugene Tartakovsky*

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In the present study, we tested the morbidity and salutary hypotheses of immigration investigating satisfaction with life (SWL) among Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union to Israel. The study wasconducted using a random representative sample of first-generation immigrants from the Former SovietUnion to Israel (N = 400) and a large geographically dispersed sample of Jews staying in Russia (N = 935).We applied three measures of SWL: general satisfaction with life (GSWL), multifaceted satisfaction withlife (MSWL), and relative satisfaction with life (RSWL). The results demonstrated that immigrants werehigher than stayers in GSWL. At the same time, the difference between the two populations was not significantin the average scores of MSWL. When comparing the two populations in ten domains of MSWL,immigrants reported higher satisfaction only in medical care. Stayers reported higher satisfaction in fourdomains: work, family relationships, relationships with friends, and entertainment and leisure. Immigrantsassessed their standard of life as higher compared to the premigration period and to that presently existingin their country of origin. However, they assessed their standard of life as lower compared to the nonimmigrantIsraelis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-96
Number of pages5
JournalCultural-Historical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • General satisfaction with life
  • Jewish immigrants from the former soviet union in israel
  • Jews staying in russia
  • Multifaceted satisfaction with life
  • Relative satisfaction with life


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