Research and Publications - 2018

  • Bar-Tur, L., Ifrah, K., Moore, D., Kamin, S. T., & Lang, F. R. (2018). How do emotional closeness and support from parents relate to Israeli and German students’ life satisfaction? Journal of Family Issues, 39(11), 3096-3123. doi: 10.1177/0192513X18770213


  • Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2018). Non-pharmacological interventions for persons with dementia: what are they and how should they be studied? International Psychogeriatrics, 30(3), 281-283. doi: 10.1017/S104161021800039X


  • Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2018). The impact of group activities and their content on persons with dementia attending them. Alzheimer's Research & Therapy, 10-37.‏ doi: 10.1186/s13195-018-0357-z


  • Cohen-Mansfield, J.Hazan, H., Lerman, Y., Shalom, V., Birkenfeld, S., & Cohen, R. (2018). Efficacy of the I-SOCIAL intervention for loneliness in old age: Lessons from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 99, 69-75.‏ doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2018.01.014


  • Cohen-Mansfield, J., & Regev, I. (2018). Retirement preparation programs: An examination of retirement perceptions, self-mastery, and well-being. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(4), 428-437.‏ doi:


  • Cohen-Mansfield, J., Skornick-Bouchbinder, M., & Brill, S. (2018). Trajectories of end of life: a systematic review. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 73(4), 564-572. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx093


  • Cohen-Mansfield, J., Skornick-Bouchbinder, M., Hoshen, M., & Brill, S. (2018). The relationship between health services standardized costs and mortality is non-linear: Results from a large HMO population. Health Policy, 121(9), 1008-1114. doi:  10.1016/j.healthpol.2017.07.004


  • Fajkowska, M., & Kreitler, S. (2018). Status of the trait concept in contemporary personality psychology: Are the old questions still the burning questions? Journal of Personality, 86(1), 5-11. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12335

  • Ifrah, K., Shenkman, G., & Shmotkin, D. (2018). How does sexual orientation relate to openness to experience along adulthood? Personality and Individual Differences, 131, 164-173. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.04.030


  • Kreitler, S. (2018). Personality traits as patterns of meaning assignment tendencies. Journal of Personality, 86(1), 55-68.‏ doi: 10.1111/jopy.12315


  • Lifshitz, R., Nimrod, G., & Bachner, Y. G. (2018). Spirituality and wellbeing in later life: A multidimensional approach. Aging & Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1460743 [Available online before print].


  • Palgi, Y., Shrira, A., Kavé, G., Rubinstien, T., & Shmotkin, D. (2018). Which factors do older adults consider when estimating the time left for them to live? The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gby048 [Available online ahead of print]


  • Shenkman, G., Ifrah, K., & Shmotkin, D. (2018). Meaning in life among middle-aged and older gay and heterosexual fathers. Journal of Family Issues, 39(7), 2155 – 2173. doi: 10.1177%2F0192513X17741922


  • Shenkman, G., Ifrah, K., & Shmotkin, D. (2018). The association between negative attitudes toward aging and mental health among middle-aged and older gay and heterosexual men in Israel. Aging & Mental Health, 22(4), 503-511. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2016.1274374


  • Shenkman, G., Shrira, A., Ifrah, K., & Shmotkin, D. (2018). Interpersonal vulnerability among offspring of Holocaust survivors gay men and its association with depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. Psychiatry Research, 259, 89-94. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.10.017


  • Shrira, A., Palgi, Y., & Shmotkin, D. (forthcoming). Aging in the shadow of trauma: Meaning in life as a resource for older adults in Israel. In Ofra Mayseless & Pninit Russo-Netzer (Eds.), Search for meaning in the Israeli scene. Oxford University Press.


  • Teshuva, K., Cohen-Mansfield, J., Iecovich, E., Golander, H. (2018). Like one of the family? Understanding relationships between migrant live-in care workers and older care recipients in Israel. Ageing & Society, 1-22.‏ doi: 10.1017/S0144686X1800003X




  • Monterescu, D., & Hazan, H. (2018). Twilight Nationalism: From Identity Politics to Politics of Existence in a Palestinian-Israeli City. Redwood City: Stanford University Press.




Current projects in work or in ongoing preparations for publication

Current research projects, supported by external grants and conducted within the framework, or facilitation, of the Herczeg Institute, cover a broad spectrum of topics related to quality of life, health and adaptation at older age. A portion of these projects have recently completed the formal time allocated by the funding grants but are going through ongoing efforts to submit related articles for publication or to organize scientific conferences based on these projects. 


Major topics addressed by these research projects include the enhancement of quality of care at the end of life, a theory-based intervention for the reduction of loneliness and social isolation among older persons, the improvement the long-term-care of persons with dementia with an emphasis on those suffering from pain and psychotic symptoms, a theory-based investigation of physical and mental health among older adults experiencing disadvantageous or distressed lives, the adaptational implications of subjective age and subjective closeness to death, and the concomitants of cumulative trauma and perceptions of threat among older adults in Israel along with a particular inquiry about related issues among Holocaust survivors.


*Names in bold are those of academic faculty members of the Herczeg Institute on Aging 

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