Last week’s AJOP weekly email contained the following:
Results of the First Study on Teens at Risk and Baalei Teshuva to be Released at AJOP Convention
Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education in partnership with the Association for Jewish Outreach Programs (AJOP) has conducted a groundbreaking study comparing adolescents who grew up in families who are newly observant, to adolescents born into families whose parents have been observant from birth. Conducted under the direction of world-renowned psychologist Dr. David Pelcovitz, this study was the first to look at this segment of the Jewish community.
I think that possible results might include:
a) A disproportionally high percentage of Kids at Risk have BT parents
b) Lack of parenting experience is a major cause
c) Not setting appropriate goals for children is another cause
d) More post BT mentoring and instruction by outreach professionals is needed
e) The many wonderful BT parents out there will be acknowledged
What do you think the results will include?
Do you think the recommendations for more post BT mentoring will bear edible fruit?
Do you think this will result in a further degrading of BTs in the Frum public’s eyes?