The Arab nurse and the jewish psychotic patient in the closed psychiatric ward

Shmuel Fennig, Ilan Tevesess, Gaber Kashkush, Galeb Zmiro

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Abstract

The ongoing Israeli-Arab conflict has its impact on the mental health system. This issue is investigated from the point of view of the interactional process in the locked unit mainly between the Arab nurse and the Jewish psychotic patient. The unique experience of being treated by the formal enemy during one of the most vulnerable periods seems to be sometimes even therapeutic for the patient. Aspects concerning psychopathology, psychodynamics and social interaction are evaluated through observation and interviews with patients and staff members. Ways of dealing with the complicated issues are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-234
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Social Psychiatry
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1992

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