" A very narrow bridge": Diagnosis and management of mental illness among Bratslav hasidim. Academic Article uri icon


  • Describes psychotherapeutic techniques employed by therapists working with 19 male members of a small Hasidic sect (aged 17–40 yrs). Ss were diagnosed as having paranoid schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or personality disorder during 1 yr. Schizophrenia was diagnosed in 79% of these Ss, compared with a 15% rate for all new referrals. Most Ss were not born into the sect, but joined as young adults. In order to distinguish between culturally normal and abnormal symptomatology, therapists became acquainted with the behavior and values of the sect. Two case examples (aged 30 and 31 yrs) are included.(PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • January 1, 1990