Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2016). Non-pharmacological interventions for agitation in dementia: Various strategies demonstrate effectiveness for care home residents; further research in home settings is needed [Peer commentary on the paper "Non-pharmacological interventions for agitation in dementia: Systematic review of randomized controlled trials" by G. Livingston, L. Kelly, E. Lewis-Holmes, G. Baio, S. Morris, N. Patel… C. Cooper]. Evidence Based Nursing, 19(1), 31. doi:10.1136/eb-2015-102059

Cohen-Mansfield, J. (2016). Predictors of smoking cessation in old–old age. Nicotine & Tobacco Research18(7), 1675-1679. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntw011

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Cohen, R., Golander, H., & Heinik, J. (2016). The impact of psychotic symptoms on the persons with dementia experiencing them. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry24(3), 213-220. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2015.12.006

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Hazan, H., Lerman, Y., & Shalom, V. (2016). Correlates and predictors of loneliness in older-adults: A review of quantitative results informed by qualitative insights. International Psychogeriatrics28(4), 557-576. doi: 10.1017/S1041610215001532

Cohen-Mansfield, J., Shmotkin, D., & Hazan, H. (2016). Changes in religiosity in old age: An exploratory study. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 83, 256-73. doi: 10.1177/0091415016651883

Kreitler, S. (2016). Meanings of meaningfulness of life. In A. Batthyány (Ed.), Logotherapy and existential analysis (pp. 95-106). Cham: Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Raz, H., Tabak, N., Alkalay, Y., & Kreitler, S. (2016). Mental pain in Israeli adult childhood cancer survivors and its effects on their quality of life. Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy, 6(2), doi: 10.4172/2161-0487.1000258

Raz, H., Tabak, N., & Kreitler, S. (2016). Psychosocial outcomes of sharing a diagnosis of cancer with a pediatric patient. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 4. doi: 10.3389/fped.2016.00070

Shenkman, G., & Shmotkin, D. (2016). The association between self-perceived parental role and meaning in life among gay and heterosexual fathers. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 552–561. doi:10.1037/fam0000213

Shenkman, G., & Shmotkin, D. (2016). The Hostile-World Scenario and mental health concomitants among gays and lesbians. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 20, 70-86. doi:10.1080/19359705.2015.1048915

Shmotkin, D., Avidor, S., & Shrira, A. (2016). The role of the Hostile-World Scenario in predicting physical and mental health outcomes in older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 28, 863-889. doi:10.1177/0898264315614005

Shrira, A., Palgi, Y., Bodner, E., & Shmotkin, D. (2016). Which category of lifetime adversity accelerates physical impairment among Israeli older adults? European Journal of Ageing, 13, 323-334. doi:10.1007/s10433-016-0366-3

Werner, S., Golander, H., & Lowenstein, A. (2016). The health of frail elderly and its relationship to their quality of life and that of their adult children who serve as their caregivers. Gerontology and Geriatrics. 43(1), 49-68 (Hebrew).

In Press

Barak, F., Kreitler, S., Danieli-Zigelman, N., Alkalay, Y., & Ostrovsky, A. (in press). Nutrition in advanced cancer patients: Its demographic and medical determinants and its impact on quality of life. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Kreitler, S. (in press). Meaning-based assessment of creativity. Psychological Science.

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

Shrira, A., Shmotkin, D., Palgi, Y., Hoffman, Y., Bodner, E., Ben-Ezra, M., & Litwin, H. (in press). Older adults exposed to ongoing and intense time-limited missile attacks: Differences in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes. doi:10.1080/00332747.2016.1178028

 

Books

Goldberg, A & Hazan, H. (Eds.). (2015). Marking Evil: Holocaust memory in the global age. New York: Berghahn Books.

Hazan, H. (2015). Against Hybridity: Social impasses in a globalizing world. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

 

Research

Research projects: Currently in work or in ongoing preparations for publication

1.    Title: Reducing loneliness and social isolation in older persons via a theory-based intervention: A randomized controlled trial.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.

       Funding: Israel Science Foundation.

2.    Title: Aging in the face of a hostile-world scenario: A conceptual and empirical investigation of physical and mental health among older adults experiencing disadvantageous or distressed lives.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Dov Shmotkin.

       Co-Investigators; Kfir Ifrah and Noam Markovitz (Prof. Amit Shrira, Consultant to the project).

Funding: Israel Ministry of Science.

3.    Title: Understanding and reconceptualizing psychotic symptoms in dementia.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.

Funding: The Israel Science Foundation.

4.    Title: Beyond chronological age: Subjective age and subjective closeness to death as predictors of functional decline in late life.

       Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Yuval Palgi, Prof. Amit Shrira, Prof. Gitit Kavé, and Prof. Dov Shmotkin.

       Funding: Israel Science Foundation.

5.    Title: Decreasing loneliness and social isolation in older persons.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.

       Researchers: Prof. Haim Hazan, Ms. Vera Shalom, Dr. Yaffa Lerman.

       Funding: The Israel Ministry for Senior Citizens.

6.    Title: The relationships among employment conditions, employment duration (turnover), intent to leave, satisfaction and the career-patient relationship among older persons, their foreign caregivers, and family members.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.

       Researcher: Prof. Hava Golander.

       Funding: National Insurance Institute of Israel.

7.    Title: Is massive trauma more detrimental to children than to adults? Disentangling effects of age and aging in a multi-cohort study of Holocaust survivors.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Dov Shmotkin.

       Researcher: Prof. Amit Shrira.

       Funding: Israel Science Foundation.

8.    Title: The interaction between the employment conditions of foreign caregivers and the caregivers' relationship with the older person.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.

       Researcher: Prof. Hava Golander.

       Funding: The Israel Ministry for Senior Citizens.

9.    Title: Intergenerational activities in the community.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.

       Funding: The Israel Ministry for Senior Citizens.

10. Title: A comprehensive etiological assessment of psychotic symptoms in non-institutionalized dementia patients.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.

       Researcher: Prof. Hava Golander.

       Funding: The Israel Ministry of Health.

11. Title: Hostile-world scenarios and perceptions of evil among Holocaust survivors.

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Dov Shmotkin.

       Funding: She`erit Hapleta (“The surviving remnants”) Fund.

12. Title: Enhancing quality of care at the end of life

       Principal Investigator: Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield.

       Funding: Israel Ministry of Science.

 

(*) Names of the faculty members of the Herczeg Institute on Aging are Bolded.