Toward culturally sensitive intervention with arab families in Israel

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia*

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Over the past three decades, Arab society in Israel has been undergoing processes of transition. These processes are manifested by changes in the economy, education, the status of women, family structure, and by socio-cultural changes and transformations in patterns of coping with social problems. There is a serious lack of empirical research on the implications of this process for the value systems of Arab society and families in Israel and a dearth of relevant intervention-oriented literature. This article outlines the basic cultural values in the Arab society in Israel in an attempt to illuminate the relevance of these values for family structure and for direct interventions with Arab families in Israel.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)429-447
Number of pages19
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1995


  • Arab families in Israel
  • Arab families in transition
  • cultural sensitivity in therapy


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