Internal Body Perceptions of Ethiopian Jews Who Emigrated to Israel

Carol Ravid, Ada Spitzer, Batya Tamir, Michal Granot, Rivka Noam

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Previous research regarding knowledge about internal organs among school-age children tied this knowledge to the development of cognitive capabilities. Studies have rarely considered the impact of culture on this knowledge. The purpose of this study was to examine internal body perceptions among Ethiopian Jews who emigrated to Israel. A total of 65 children (stratified according to age) and 19 adults were interviewed. Findings indicated that Ethiopian children reported fewer body organs than did Western children. Further, Ethiopian children and adults, unlike peoplefrom Western societies, did notthinkabout the body in terms of different biophysical functions. Rather, they perceived the body as a holistic system in which a divine providence was responsible for body organs working together harmoniously. Implications of the differing perceptions about internal body organs, health, illness, and treatment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-646
Number of pages16
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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