This article explores subjective perceptions and constructions of “risk” and “protection” among ultra-Orthodox Jewish children aged 10–16 in Israel. Eight focus groups were conducted, with a total of 30 ultra-Orthodox children (boys and girls). Our analysis indicates that the children’s subjective perceptions of “risk” and “protection” coincided with four fundamental domains: the physical, the emotional, the political, and the spiritual. The findings highlight that—from the perspective of children—culture, religion, spirituality, and other macro socio-political contexts, in addition to gender and age, are factors that function simultaneously to shape the way in which “risk” and “protection” are constructed.
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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/ or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) (Grant Number 1935/15).
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- Children perceptions of risk
- Ultra-Orthodox Jews
- context-informed perspective