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ISQOLS WEBINAR:"Influence of Spouses’ Work-Role Similarity on Inter Gender Difference in Health and life Expectancy"

  • 2 Sep 2020
  • 10:30 AM (PDT)
  • Online Webinar


  • The webinar is free for all participants.

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"Influence of Spouses’ Work-Role Similarity on Inter Gender Difference in Health and life Expectancy"


10:30 AM

Pacific Time/

1:30 PM Eastern Time/

8:30 PM (20:30)

Israel Daylight Time



Life Expectancy (LE) for women is longer in industrial societies and as their LE increases, women gain more. Add to this that most husbands are older than their wives are and at least two major problems emerge: (1) Society gets a very large numbers of old widows without the support of male spouses; (2) An extra demand on the welfare resources of society. Yet, in some societies, the level of inter-gender difference in LE is relatively low. A case in point is the Israeli Kibbutz population. Its LE is one of the highest yet the LE difference between males and females is one of the lowest. I test with three studies a theoretical model to explain this phenomenon as follows: Similarity in work roles of spouses >> increases empathy between spouses >> makes social support among them more effective >> brings about well being and health >> reduces mortality and increases LE

Presented by:  Dr. Uriel Leviatan

Uriel Leviatan holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a past director (several times) of the Institute for Social Research of the Kibbutz (University of Haifa, Israel), and Professor (emeritus) and past (until 10/2007) Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, both at the University of Haifa. Leviatan also chaired the Dept. of sociology at Western Galilee College (2008-2017). He has been a member of Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz for many years where he held various central leadership positions, including the offices of General Secretary and Finance Manager. His current research interests are in organizational behavior and functioning (leadership, commitment, health, well-being, turnover, effectiveness, environments, values, inequality), in kibbutz research, and in social gerontology.  He has published extensively on all these topics.

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