Mental Health and Palestinian Citizens in Israel

Mental Health and Palestinian Citizens in Israel


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Minorities face particular social strains, and these are often manifested in their overall mental health. In Israel, just under a quarter of the citizens are Arab Palestinians, yet very little has been published exploring the spectrum of mental health issues prevalent in this population. The work collected here draws on the first-hand experience of experts working with Israeli Palestinians to highlight the problems faced by service users, their families, and their communities. Palestinians in Israel face unique social, gender, and family-related conditions that also need reliable research and assessment. Mental Health and Palestinian Citizens in Israel offers research and observation on three central topics: socio-cultural determinants of mental health, mental health needs, and mental health service utilization. From suicidal behaviors and addiction to generational trauma and the particular concerns of children and the elderly, this broad and careful collection of research opens new dialogues on treatment, prevention, and methods for providing the best possible care to those in need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253043078
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Series: Middle East Studies Series
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia is Gordon Brown Chair and Professor of Social Work, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is author of Violence against Women in the Palestinian Society.

Ora Nakash is a clinical psychologist and a professor in the School for Social Work at Smith College, Northampton, MA, and at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Itzhak Levav is an affiliated professor in the Department of Community Mental Health, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, at the University of Haifa, Israel. He is editor of Psychiatric and Behavioral Disorders in Israel: From Epidemiology to Mental Health Action, and editor (with Jutta Lindert) of Violence and Mental Health: Its Manifold Faces.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Benedetto Saraceno

Introduction / Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, Ora Nakash, and Itzhak Levav

Part I: Cultural and Socio-Political Determinants of Mental Health

1. Palestinian Citizens in Israel—Their Socio-Political Status as a Mental Health Determinant / As'ad Ghanem and Ibrahim Khatib

2. Between Past and Present—Psychological Effects of the Nakba among Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Sfaa Ghnadre-Naser

3. The Nakba and its Repercussions on the Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Adel Manna

4. Collective Identity and Mental Health among Palestinian Citizens in Israel /

Mahmoud Mi'ari and Nazeh Natur

5. Palestinian Citizens in Israel: A Sociological Portrait / Nohad A'li

Part II: Mental Health Issues Related to Family and Gender

6. The Palestinian Family in Israel: Its Collectivist Nature, Structure, and Implications for Mental Health Interventions / Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia

7. Mental Health Issues among Palestinian Women in Israel / Sarah Abu-Kaf

8. Mental Health among Older Adult Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Rabia Khalaila

Part III: Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Disorders among Palestinian Citizens in Israel

9. Attitudes, Beliefs and Stigma Toward Mental Health Issues in Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Alean Al-Krenawi

10. Mental Health Status, Service Use and Help-Seeking Practices of Children and Adolescents in Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Ivonne Mansbach-Kleinfeld and Raida Daeem

11. The Psychiatric Epidemiological Portrait of Palestinian Citizens in Israel: A Review of Community Studies / Giora Kaplan, Itzhak Levav and Ora Nakash

12. Psychiatric Hospitalizations Among Palestinian Citizens in Israel: A Historic Cohort Study / Ido Lurie and Anat Fleischman

13. Smoking among Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Lital Keinan-Boker and Yael Bar-Zeev

Part IV: Violent Behavior and Mental Health among Palestinian Citizens in Israel

14. Child Abuse and Neglect among Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Haneen Elias and Raghda Alnabilsy

15. Palestinian Children in Israel—Involvement in School Violence as Victims and Perpetrators / Mona Khoury-Kassabri

16. Intimate Partner Violence against Palestinian Women in Israel and the Relevance of the Sociocultural and Sociopolitical Context / Raghda Alnabilsy and Haneen Elias

17. Abuse of Older Adults among Palestinian Citizens in Israel: Social, Economic, and Family-Related Factors / Samir Zoabi

18. Suicide and Suicide Attempts among Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Anat Brunstein-Klomek, Ora Nakash, Nehama Goldberger, Ziona Haklai, Nabil Geraisy, Amir A. Birani, Ahmad Natour, and Itzhak Levav

Part V: Interventions to Restore Mental Health

19. Psychotherapy for Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Nazeh Natur

20. From Psychoanalysis to Culture-Analysis: Culturally Sensitive Psychotherapy for Palestinian Citizens in Israel / Marwan Dwairy

21. Psychiatric Rehabilitation in the Context of Palestinian Citizens in Israel / David Roe, Paula Garber-Epstein, and Anwar Khatib


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