Recruiting Arab Fathers in a Center for Children at Risk in Israel

Eli Buchbinder, Romain Jammal-Abboud

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Arab society in Israel is positioned between the traditional, collective values of Arab culture and the more prevalent Western individualistic values of the Israeli society at large. This poses a challenge for the welfare services in Israel, especially in the case of Arab clients, who tend to receive and interpret the social workers' messages as contradictory to their cultural norms. Therefore, recruiting Arab fathers for treatment is a particularly difficult task. The article focuses on creating a culturally sensitive process for recruiting Arab fathers for treatment in a center dealing with Arab families at risk in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-348
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Arab fathers
  • collectivist society
  • intervention with men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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