Marital Relationships and Self-Esteem: How Jewish Families Are Different

By Jay Y. Brodbar-Nemzer

Wiley-Blackwell, February 1986

The author argues that American Jewish distinctiveness with respect to the family manifests itself in a valuing of family and stability and nurturance. The technique suggested for assessing this distinctiveness is to analyze the social-psychological consequences of this valuing for self-esteem. On the basis of an analysis of a NIMH sample of Chicago residents, we find that the self-esteem of Jews, when compared with Protestants and Catholics, is more greatly affected by a variety of marital relationship variables. The investigation of this valuing, which occurs despite bonds, can lead to further advances in family theory. The relationship between self-esteem and marital relations also suggests a mechanism by which a group values are actualized in individual behavior.

Topic: Survey, Family, Research, Marriage

Name of Publication: Journal of Marriage and the Family

Volume/Issue: 48

Page Number(s): 89-97

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Brodbar-Nemzer, Jay Y. Marital Relationships and Self-Esteem: How Jewish Families Are Different. Journal of Marriage and the Family. Wiley-Blackwell. February 1986: 89-97.


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