Teenage Orthodox Jewish Girls at-risk: Study and Recommendations

Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, October 2003

This report is an inspired collaboration of agency staff, Jewish communal leaders and service providers. It is an eye-opening look at a long-ignored problem among Orthodox Jewish youth. Our groundbreaking data have been anecdotally hypothesized by service providers for many years; unfortunately, the community at large, religious institutions and, perhaps most importantly, affected families have been unable or unwilling to acknowledge and cope with the onset of at-risk behavior making it more difficult to combat without intense intervention. This study focused on girls and services in Brooklyn, New York and encompassed a comprehensive survey questionnaire, face-to-face interviews, focus groups and a targeted literature review. The study had four major goals: 1) To capture a profile of Orthodox teenage girls in Brooklyn; 2) To assess the quality, availability and affordabi1iry of services for these girls; 3) To identify service gaps (including preventative programs) in meeting the needs of the at-risk population and finally, 4) To recommend future strategies for closing the service gaps identified throughout the study.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Youth, Communal Responsibility, Social Services, Orthodox Judaism, Girls, Poverty, Data

Funder: UJA-Federation of New York

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Brooklyn, New York , United States

Language: English

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Teenage Orthodox Jewish Girls at-risk: Study and Recommendations. Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services,Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. October 2003: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11678


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