Eating Disorders Among the Ultra-Orthodox: Treatment Implication and Adaptations.
Shapiro, Stephanie (Avigayil)
Yeshiva University, degree granting institution.
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Eating disorders (ED’s) are serious illnesses that require proper treatment and care. If such illnesses are not attended to, grave consequences can ensue. As such, several evidence-based treatment approaches are used in order to alleviate symptoms and prevent relapses. Unfortunately, such interventions do not reach many individuals and communities. Preliminary research suggests that this may include the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, a sector whose members may be more prone to developing ED symptoms. As discussed in this paper, there are many cultural nuances that may create additional barriers to obtaining treatment in this community. With the proper adaptations, however, members of this community may feel more comfortable seeking treatment, ultimately receiving the care that they need. One solution is a Jewish treatment program that respects the cultural distinctions of this population and incorporates religious ideas and practices into treatment. The proposed study will evaluate the success of this treatment option in order to best meet the needs of the Ultra-Orthodox population.
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