Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Susan D. Lima
Susan D. Lima, Katie E. Mosack, Jonathan W. Kanter, Robyn C. Ridley, David H. Rosmarin
A phenomenological approach was used to explore the lived experience of Orthodox Jewish professionals (mental health practitioner, high school rabbi, mentor) trying to break the resistance and connect with the at-risk youth in the Orthodox Jewish community (OJC). OJC at-risk youth was defined as a) youth experiencing life disruptions (in family, school, community, and/or religious contexts) related to psychological issues and reflected in externalizing (e.g., "delinquent") or internalizing (e.g., depression) behaviors, and b) excluding a youth experiencing life disruptions due to non-compliance with parental and societal expectations (i.e., religious obligations) when devoid of a significant psychological component. Thirteen textural narratives illustrate the culture-specific manifestations of successful and unsuccessful attempts to connect with at-risk youth. In addition, four structural narratives offer insights into the essential components of the connection phenomenon, including, 1) Being non-judgmental, 2) Not "taking it personally," 3) "Being real," and 4) Focusing on well-being, not religion. The study concludes with reflections on the findings together with communal recommendations to help the OJC address its at-risk youth phenomenon.
Baruch, David, "Lived Experiences of Orthodox Jewish Professionals Working with At-Risk Youth in the Orthodox Community" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 662.