Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Treating Sexual Dysfunction in Orthodox Jewish Couples
by Itkin, Natalie, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2014, 98; 3624617
Abstract (Summary)

Sexual dysfunction is a major clinical and social issue. There has been a lack of research literature exploring the treatment implications involved in conducting sex therapy with Orthodox Jewish couples. Many standard sex therapy treatment interventions are incongruent with the religious beliefs held by Orthodox Jewish individuals regarding what they consider to be sexually appropriate practices. In order to increase the probability of Orthodox clients getting the treatment they need, it is crucial for mental health clinicians to demonstrate a high-level of understanding, awareness, and sensitivity toward their clients' religious beliefs. By fostering a sense of appreciation and understanding of Orthodox Jewish sexual practices, the clinician can then gain the ability to increase their clients' level of trust, safety, comfort, and willingness to participate in the treatment process. This doctoral project explored the issues surrounding the provision of sex therapy to Orthodox Jewish couples, and aimed to bridge the gap between the research literature and clinical practice. The purpose of this project was to increase the level of awareness of mental health professionals regarding how Orthodox Jewish religious beliefs influence views about sexuality, understand the treatment implications that arise during sex therapy with Orthodox couples, and methods of effectively modifying standard sex therapy interventions by incorporating Jewish laws into the therapeutic process. The author also incorporated a summary of the clinical findings obtained from interviews conducted with four expert field consultants who have worked with Orthodox Jewish couples in their practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Doonan, Ronda L., Okada, Rumiko
School: Alliant International University
Department: Los Angeles, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Judaic studies
Keywords: Couples therapy, Cultural sensitivity, Modifying sex therapy, Orthodox judaism, Sex therapy, Sexual dysfunction
Publication Number: 3624617
ISBN: 978-1-303-98271-2
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