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The Impact of Soviet Jewish Culture on the Problem-Solving Process

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Publication Date: September 1979

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America)

Author(s): Nina Dorf

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 56-1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Cultural Sensitivity; Social Services; Acculturation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author examines some of the effects of Soviet cultural upbringing on how Soviet Jewish immigrants respond to assistance from American social workers, basing her observations on first-hand field experience. She finds that most Russian immigrants tend to be skeptical of help relationships, distrustful of authority figures, and wary of communicating openly about problems.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.56 no.1, Fall 1979.