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An Assessment of the Mental Health Needs of the Orthodox Jewish Population of Metropolitan New York

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Publication Date: January 1985

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): S. Shalom Feinberg; Karyn G. Feinberg

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 62:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Health (Mental health)

Keywords: World Jews; Health; Religious Denominations

Type: Report

Coverage: New York

Abstract:

Frequently encountered within the Orthodox world is the equation by some people of emotional problems or mental illness with sin or sinful behavior and thus relating mental illness to a lack of faith or inadequate religious practice. Mental health care for New York's Orthodox Jewish population is becoming more acceptable. However, empirical data to currently assess whether the Orthodox's mental health needs are being adequately met is sorely lacking. To address this issue, this study questioned Orthodox mental health professional (OMHP's). It found that substantial mental health needs continue to exist within the Orthodox community. Characterization and causes of these needs are discussed. Recommendations for addressing these needs are offered.