The elder abuse and neglect phenomenon in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish society: Social workers' perspectives

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Abstract

Background: In the last 30 years, elder abuse and neglect has been recognized as a social and health-related problem. The aim of this paper is to describe the phenomenon of elder abuse and neglect in a separatist faith-based society (ultra-Orthodox Jewish society-UOJS).Methods: A qualitative-phenomenological study with 28 social workers who underwent in-depth semi-structured interviews based on an interview guide consisting of the following items: visibility of the elder abuse and neglect phenomenon in the ultra-Orthodox society, and dilemmas and sensitive issues that arise when working with this population.Results: Three main themes emerged: (1) Between the commandment to honor one's parents and concealment patterns: Cultural barriers to exposing the abuse and neglect phenomenon; (2) Life is demanding: The unique expression of abusive and neglectful behavior in the UOJS; (3) Culturally related dilemmas when intervening with cases of elder abuse and neglect.Conclusions: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish cultural belief is a differentiating component in the context of elder abuse and neglect. Social workers need to develop a deep understanding of the unique characteristics of the phenomenon and cultural sensitivity to cope with it to address the well-being of older ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1403-1412
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Volume30
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018

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Keywords

  • cultural sensitivity
  • elder abuse and neglect
  • elder mistreatment
  • faith-based community
  • qualitative research
  • social workers
  • ultra-Orthodox Jews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology

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