Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 323–342 | Cite as

Ethnic Identity in Jewish Families

  • Maureen Davey
  • Linda Stone Fish
  • Mihaela Robila


Forty-eight Jewish families living in Central New York were interviewed about the development of their ethnic identity. Within each family, parents and children were asked about how they developed their ethnic identity to explore qualitatively how Jewish identity shapes and influences family dynamics. The semi-structured family interviews were coded using a constant comparison methodology. Seven qualitative categories emerged (gendered decisions, negotiating continuity, family of origin, survivors, active learning, traditions, and cultural religion). Jewish identity formation in families and the implications for clinical practice are explored.

ethnicity Jewish families ethnic identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maureen Davey
    • 1
  • Linda Stone Fish
    • 2
  • Mihaela Robila
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Child and Family Development, Marriage and Family TherapyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens
  2. 2.Department of Marriage and Family TherapySyracuse UniversitySyracuse
  3. 3.Department of Child and Family StudiesSyracuse UniversitySyracuse

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