Meanings of the concept "self-help" among Jewish and Arab students living in Israel

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This study explores the meanings associated with the term "self-help" as well as the attitudes towards participation in self-help groups among Israeli Jewish and Arab students in the helping professions. Two samples of convenience participated: 189 Jewish and 233 Arab students in various fields of the helping professions from the major universities in Israel. Significant differences were not found between Jewish and Arab students in the content of attributed meanings, but rather in their prevalence. The findings' significance is discussed within the framework of self-help organizations among minority communities and the modernization process the Arab population is currently undergoing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-35
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005


  • Arab
  • Israeli Jewish and Arab
  • Jewish
  • Self-help
  • Self-help groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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