Familial and cultural issues in the brief strategic treatment of Israeli Bedouin Academic Article uri icon


  • Reports 4 vignettes in which strategic social work interventions are used to treat psychological problems with a Bedouin clientele in Israel. Ss were often referred by general practitioners for somatic complaints or behavioral disturbances for which no organic basis could be found. Appreciation of the culture and working within the power structure of the extended family helped to achieve various degrees of success in 3 cases: a 19-yr-old woman with depression, a 30-yr-old man with post-traumatic symptoms, and a 19-yr-old woman with conversion reaction. The 4th case (a 17-yr-old girl with conversion disorder and enuresis) was not successful because of family opposition. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

publication date

  • January 1, 1994