Journal Article

Community Intervention with Jewish Israeli Mothers in Times of Terror

Haya Itzhaky and Rachel Dekel

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 3, pages 462-475
Published in print April 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl368
Community Intervention with Jewish Israeli Mothers in Times of Terror

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The article examines the effectiveness of a community programme designed for Jewish Israeli mothers who have been exposed to terrorism. The aim of the intervention was to empower the women and increase their sense of belonging to the community, and to reduce stress symptoms, mainly by encouraging and facilitating their participation in community activities. Thirty-eight women, all residents of the same terror-ridden community, participated in intensive workshops over a six month period designed to help them to become active in the community. The workshops provided the women with the information and skills required for activity in the community projects in which they were interested. A qualitative evaluation reveals that, at the end of the programme, most of the women reported that they felt better and more secure, and all of the women were participating in at least one activity in the community. The quantitative evaluation revealed lower levels of distress, higher levels of empowerment and no change in the feelings of belonging to the community. The implications of these findings are discussed in light of the persistence of terror and theories of community intervention.

Keywords: community intervention; terror; empowerment; belonging to the community

Journal Article.  5720 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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