Prof. Liat Yakhnich is working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Criminology at Beit Berl College in Israel. Her research interests include: parenting in cultural transition, immigrant families and youth, cultural identity and substance abuse and addiction. Beyond academic activity, she works with parents and families and is involved in professional training in the fields of cultural sensitive social work and immigrant youth at risk.
During her stay, Prof. Yakhnich gave a guest lecture on “Problems of Adaption of Immigrant Youth in Israel and its Consequences for Social Work”. In her talk, Prof. Yakhnich put focus on problems in adaption of immigrant youth in Israel, specifically substance abuse and delinquency. She presented findings from two qualitative studies and introduced a pilot program aimed at assisting and supporting immigrant families with youth at risk. Although the program is implemented in a particular social context, it offers ideas about assisting immigrant parents regardless of origin, ethnicity, and specific social circumstances. In the first study, Prof. Yakhnich examined the extent to which immigration-related stressors are associated with delinquent behavior of immigrant adolescents from the Former Soviet Union. The second study explored the trajectories of drug abuse and of addiction development among immigrant users.
AIANI and the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Innsbruck were delighted to have Prof. Liat Yakhnich as a guest here in Innsbruck and are looking forward to welcoming her again soon.
Prof. Yakhnich’s stay was co-financed by the Erasmus+ Mobility Program.