Jewish Identity and Ethnic Ambivalence: The Challenge for Clinical Practice

Publication Date: December 1983

Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Barbara Breitman

Research Area: Social conditions

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Gender; Social Work

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


For many Jewish clients, these conflicts around masculinity and femininity are often just below the surface. They affect individual self-esteem and dramatically interfere with parenting and marital relationships. During this period of profound social change in male-female relationships, we are more vulnerable, as Jews, to current stresses to whatever extent, subtle or overt, we view ourselves as less than ideal men and women.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 60: 2.