Arranged matches and mental illness: Therapists' dilemmas

David Greenberg, Jacob Tuvia Buchbinder, Eliezer Witztum

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    Traditional societies place especial value on marriage and having children, and marriages are often arranged. A series of situations and dilemmas associated with arranged matches and their consequences are described in the course of mental health work with ultra-orthodox Jewish people with severe mental illness. Issues of confidentiality may arise with parents and matchmakers; on the other hand, respectful cooperation with religious authorities, counselors in the community, and family members is important. Information on genetic counseling, contraception, medication during pregnancy, and breastfeeding are considered and interact with communal structures and practices. There is a need for close support and evaluation during the process of marriage, childbearing, and parenthood.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)342-354
    Number of pages13
    JournalPsychiatry (New York)
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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