Family variables and stigma among prostitutes in israel

S. G. Shoham, Gloria Rahav, Rachel Markovski, Ilana Ber, Francis Chard, Yoseph Rachamin, Claudia Bill

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According to the stigma theory, as formulated by the authors, deviant behavior may be the outcome of a negative identity applied to a person by his (or her) social environment. The purpose of the present study was to test this theory on prostitutes in Israel. Sixty-seven prostitutes and a comparison group of a similar size were interviewed and asked about their relationships with their families. The findings tend to confirm the hypotheses: Prostitution was associated to negative images cast by the father, to a sense of powerlessness, and to social isolation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1983


FundersFunder number
Ministry of Labour and Welfare


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