Sheba and Solomon’s Return: Ethiopian Children in Israel with Nathan Szajnberg at APM

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The monthly meeting of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine, 2 East 103rd Street, New York City, on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  

Please note that due to the Presidential Election, the day of the November APM meeting has been changed to Wednesday, November 7.

PRESENTER: Nathan Szajnberg, M.D.
Wallerstein Research Fellow in Psychoanalysis; Training Analyst, Israel Psychoanalytic Society

Susan Coates, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Some 80,000 Ethiopian Jews came to Israel in a surreptitious airlift beginning in 1991, rescuing them from the war-torn country. From 2007-2010, the presenter worked with and studied forty-six children and their families in a small town near the Gaza border.   This population was unique for a developmental study: Most came from subsistence pre-literate agricultural villages near Gondar, almost all the mothers were married by thirteen, were tattooed with crosses, and many had facial scarification.  All the six-year olds were either born in Israel or arrived as infants.  The presenter will describe the inner lives of these children, their attachment and their parents, as well as the children’s sense of identity. While living in the same space, the children and their parents often occupied different worlds. In general, girls functioned far better than boys on all measures. There will be discussion of the high prevalence in Insecure, Anxious Attachment in both parents and children, as well as description of how some mothers literally see the world from a different perspective.

Educational objectives:

    After attending this meeting, the participant will be able to:

        1. Better understand the life course and backgrounds of Ethiopian Jews who come from substinence, preliterate origins.

        2. Learn about attachment measures in parents and children.
Henry P. Schwartz, M.D., President

Edith Cooper, Ph.D., Secretary

Edward Kenny, M.D., Chair, Program Committee

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine.  The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLUSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS:  None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial information to disclose.








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