Journal of Psychology and Judaism

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 251–260

Does Religiosity Predict Attitudes Toward Psychotherapy?

  • Gabrielle Kaminetzky
  • George Stricker


Several studies have demonstrated that Jewish people have positive attitudes toward psychotherapy. This study differentiates among Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Jewish groups to test whether there are differences in the level of religiosity and practice among these different affiliations to Judaism and whether these differences may influence attitudes toward seeking psychological help. Despite significant differences in religiosity and level of practice, results indicate that positive attitudes are present among all affiliations. However, Orthodox Jews are significantly more likely to use their rabbi as a source for psychological counseling and perhaps as a conduit to professional treatment.

psychotherapy religion attitudes judaism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabrielle Kaminetzky
    • 1
  • George Stricker
    • 2
  1. 1.The Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityUSA
  2. 2.The Derner InstituteAdelphi UniversityUSA

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