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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Ultra-Orthodox Jews-Sexual behavior, Ultra-Orthodox Jews-Attitudes, Sex-Religious aspects, Sexual health, Sex, Sexuality, Ultra-Orthodox, Transition, Qualitative


This is an exploratory, qualitative study of interviews with 11 individuals who selfidentify as formerly Ultra-Orthodox from the United States and Israel. It is an examination of the unique dynamics and difficulties faced by formerly Ultra-Orthodox Jews as they transition into the secular world, especially around sexual health. This thesis distills some of the specific ways in which formerly Ultra-Orthodox Jews understand their own sexuality, how they would define "healthy" and "unhealthy" sexuality, and what they thought of those experiences. This thesis offers guidance to practitioners so that they may better serve these clients with increased attunement to issues of cultural competency and more thoughtful engagement around assumptions about "healthy" sexuality.




iii, 81 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 70-74)