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Prof. Ricky-Rivka Finzi-Dottan



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Prof Ricky Finzi-Dottan is a faculty member in Sapir Academic College, School of Social Work and a clinician (Expert in mental health social worker) in Child & Adolescent out-patients Clinic in Geha Mental Health Center, in Israel. Myr cornerstone of research is Attachment Theory, which inspires the methodological, theoretical, and empirical aspects of my academic activities. 

Areas of Interest

  • Attachment Theory
  • Child and adolescents psychotherapy
  • Parenting and family relations
  • Child abuse


Hebrew lective year: תשפ


My  articles reflect her main research interests and deal with: Family relations: coping with stress, couples, parenthood, sibling, divorce process and high risk children: coping, psychopathology, consequences in adulthood.


ISF- The Practice of Fatherhood among Divorced Custodial Fathers in Israel: Involvement and Affections

JDC - Israel Children at Risk- Emotional and Behavioral Characteristics of Abused vs. Neglected Children in Emergency Centers as Opposed to those Who Live at Home

Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services- Couples in Family Court



Articles in periodicals

1. Pardess, E., Finzi, R., Sever, J. (1993). Evaluating the best interests of the child - a model of multidisciplinary teamwork. Medicine and Law, 12, 205-211.

2. Finzi, R., Har-Even, D., Weizman, A., Tyano, S., & Shnit, D. (1996). The adaptation of the attachment style questionnaire for latency-aged children. [Hebrew]. Psychology, 5, 167-177.

3. Finzi, R, Stange D. (1997). Short term group intervention as a means of improving the adjustment of children of mentally ill parents. Social Work with Groups, 20, 69-80.

4. Finzi, R. Peled, E., Ram, A. (1998). The impact of incest on witnessing siblings. Chevra VeRevacha (Hebrew) Society and Welfare 18, 269-280.

5. Finzi, R. Shnit, D. Weizman, A. (1999). Physical child abuse: A characteristic profile and a diagnostic tool. Chevra VeRevacha (Hebrew) Society and Welfare, 19 (4), 433-460.

6. Cohen, O., Finzi, R., & Avi-Yonah, O. (1999). An attachment based typology of divorcing couples. Family Therapy, 26, 167-190.

7. Finzi, R., Cohen, O., & Weizman, A. (2000). Features and consequences of emotional abuse in children and adolescents. Ha’Refua (Hebrew – Medicine), 138, 237-240.

8. Finzi, R., Cohen, O., & Ram, A. (2000). Attachment and divorce. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 11, 1-20.

9. Finzi, R., Cohen, O., Sapir, Y., & Weizman, A. (2000) Attachment styles in maltreated children: A comparative study. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 31, 113-128.

10. Finzi, R., Ram, A. Shnit, D., Har-Even, D., Tyano, S., & Weizman, A. (2001). Depressive symptoms and suicidality in physically abused children. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 71, 98-107.

11. Finzi, R. & Cohen, O. (2001). Couples in divorce: a contribution of attachment theory. Sichot (Hebrew- Dialogue), 15, 235-244.

12. Cohen, O., & Finzi-Dottan, R. (2002). Parental narcissism – the difficulties of the non custodial father. Sichot (Hebrew- Dialogue), 16, 64-73.

13. Cohen, O., Slonim, I., & Finzi-Dottan, R. (2001). How women perceive their family resiliency. Society and Welfare (Hebrew - Chevra VeRevacha), 21, 177-194.

14. Finzi, R., Ram, A., Har-Even, D., Shnit, D., & Weizman, A. (2001) Attachment styles and aggression in physically abused and neglected children. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 30, 769-786.

15. Ram, A. Finzi-Dottan, R.., & Cohen, O. (2002). The non-custodial parent and his infant. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 36, 41-55.

16. Cohen, O., Slonim, I., Finzi-Dottan, R., & Leichtentritt, R. (2002). Family Resilience: The Israeli Women’s Perspective. American Journal of Family Therapy, 30, 173-187.

17. Finzi-Dottan, R.., & Tyano, S. (2002). Les caractéristiques des symptômes post traumatiques de maltraitance infantile : inceste et maltraitance physique. Perspectives Psychiatriques, 41, 389-399.

18. Finzi-Dottan, R., Har-Even, D., Shnit, D., & Weizman, A. (2002). Psychosocial characterization of physically abused children from low socio-economic households in comparison to neglected and non-maltreated children. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 11, 441-453.

19. Finzi-Dottan, R., Cohen, O., Iwaniec, D., Sapir, Y., & Weizman, A. (2003). The drug-user husband and his wife: Attachment styles, family cohesion, and adaptability. Substance Use and Misuse, 38, 271-292.

20. Finzi-Dottan, R., Har-Even, D., & Weizman, A. (2003). Comparison of ego defenses among physically abused children, neglected and non-maltreated children. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 44, 388-395.

21. Finzi-Dottan, R., Cohen, O., & Tyano, S. (2004). Le couple : sa formation, sa destruction et ce qu’il y a entre les deux. Perspectives Psychiatriques, 43 (4), 310-317.

22. Cohen, O., & Finzi-Dottan, R. (2005). Parent child relationships during the divorce process, from attachment theory and intergenerational perspectives. Contemporarily Family Therapy, 27, 81-99.

23. Finzi-Dottan, R., Cohen, O., Iwaniec, D. Sapir, Y., & Weizman, A. (2006).The child in the family of a drug-user father: Attachment styles and family characteristics. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 6(1-2), 89-111.

24. Finzi-Dottan, R., Dekel, R., Lavi, T., & Su’ali, T. (2006). PTSD reactions among children with learning disabilities exposed to terror attacks. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 47, 144-151.

25. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Karu, T. (2006). From emotional abuse in childhood to psychopathology in adulthood: A path mediated by immature defense mechanisms and self-esteem. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 194, 616-210.

26. Finzi-Dottan, R., Manor, I. & Tyano, S. (2006). ADHD, temperament, and parental style as predictors of the child’s attachment patterns. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 37, 103-114.

27. Bauminger, N., Finzi-Dottan, R., Chanson, S., & Har-Even, D. (2008). Intimacy in Adolescent Friendship: The role of attachment, coherence, and self-disclosure. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 25, 409–428.

28. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Zubery E. (2009). The role of depression and anxiety in impulsive and obsessive-compulsive behavior among anorexic and bulimic patients. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, 17, 162 – 182.

29. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Sharon Garty, R (2010). The contribution of attachment styles and self-efficacy to the mental health and future outlook of youngsters at risk. Society and Welfare (Hebrew - Chevra VeRevacha), 30, 423-452.

30. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Cohen, O. (2011) Young adult sibling relations: The effects of perceived parental favoritism and narcissism. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 145, 1-22.

31. Finzi-Dottan, R., Segal Triwitz, Y. & Golubchik, P. (2011). Predictors of stress- related growth in parents of children with ADHD. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32, 510-519.

32. Finzi-Dottan, R., Bilu, R. & Golubchik, P. (2011). Aggression and conduct disorder in Former Soviet Union immigrant adolescents: The role of parenting style and ego identity. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 918-926.

33. Finzi-Dottan, R., Goldblatt, H. & Cohen-Masica, O. (2012). The experience of motherhood for alienated mothers. Child & Family Social Work, 17, 316-325.

34. Cohen, O. & Finzi-Dottan, R. (2012). Reasons for divorce and mental health following the break-up. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 53, 581-601.

35. Golobchik, P., Sever, J., Finzi-Dottan, R., Kosov, I., & Weizman, A. (2013). The factors influencing decision making on children’s psychiatric hospitalization: A retrospective chart review. Community Mental Health Journal, 49, 73-78.

36. Cohen. O. & Finzi-Dottan R. (2013). Defense mechanisms and negotiation as predictors of co-parenting among divorcing couples: A dyadic perspective. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 430-456.

37. Finzi-Dottan, R., & Cohen, O. (2014). Predictors of parental communication and cooperation among divorcing spouses. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23, 39-51.

38. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Harel, G. (2014). Parents' potential for child abuse: An intergenerational perspective. Journal of Family Violence, 29, 397-408.

39. Cohen O. & Finzi-Dottan, R. (2014). Health, maturity of defense mechanisms and co-parenting, the contribution to the quality of life of divorced parents: A longitudinal study. Marriage & Family Review, 50, 395-415.

40. Cohen O., Finzi-Dottan, R., Tangir G. (2014). The fatherhood experience of divorced fathers raising their children on their own in Israel. Society and Welfare (Hebrew - Chevra VeRevacha), 34, 359-383.

41. Cohen O., Finzi-Dottan, R., G Tangir G. (2014). The fatherhood experience of divorced custodial fathers in Israel. Family Relations, 63, 639-653.

42. Waldman-Levi, A., Finzi-Dottan, R. & Weintraub, N. (2015). Attachment security and parental perception of competency among abused women in the shadow of PTSD and childhood exposure to domestic violence. Journal of child and Family Studies, 24, 57-65.

43. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Cohen, O. (2016). Predictors of involvement and warmth of custodial fathers in Israel: Comparison with married and non-custodial divorced fathers. Family Process, 55, 171-187.

44. Kaimana MacDonald; Michael Thomas; Andres Sciolla; Beacher Schneider; Katherine Pappas; Gijs Bleijenberg; Martin Bohus; Bradley Bekh; Linda Carpenter; Alan Carr; Udo Dannlowski; Martin Dorahy; Claudia Fahlke; Ricky Finzi-Dottan; Arne Gerdner; Heide Glaesmer; Hans Jörgen Grabe; Marianne Heins; Dianna Kenny; Kaimana MacDonald; Daeho Kim; Hans Knoop; Jill Lobbestael; Christine Lochner; Grethe Lauritzen; Edle Ravndal (2016). Minimization of childhood maltreatment is common and consequential: Results from a large, multinational sample using the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146058. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146058

45. Finzi-Dottan R., Dayan-Gazith , E. Borosh , T., & Golubchik, P. (2016). Involvement and warmth of fathers with mental illness: The role of the caregiving system, parental self-efficacy, social support and child characteristics. Community Mental Health Journal, 52, 972-982. DOI 10.1007/s10597-016-0011-9

46. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Berckovitch Kormosh, M. (2016) Social workers in Israel: compassion fatigue and spillover into married life. Journal of Social Service Research, 42, 703-717. DOI: 10.1080.01488376.2016.1147515

47. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Cohen, O. (2017). Fatherhood: Comparison between divorced custodial fathers, married fathers and divorced non-custodial fathers in Israel. Marriage & Family Review, 53, 320-346. DOI:10.1080/01494929.2016.1158220

48. Gewirtz-Meydan, A. & Finzi-Dottan, R. (2018). Sexual satisfaction among couples: The role of attachment orientation and sexual motives. The Journal of Sex Research, 55, 178-190.

49. Finzi-Dottan, R., & Berckovitch Kormosh, M. (2018) The Spillover of compassion fatigue into marital quality: A mediation model. Traumatology, 24, 113-122.

50. Harel, G. & Finzi-Dottan, R. (2018). Childhood maltreatment and its effect on parenting among high-risk parents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27, 1513-1524. DOI 10.1007/s10826-017-0994-z

51. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Gilerenter, N. (2018). Ultra-orthodox Jews fathers in Israel: Predictors of involvement and acceptance. Family Issues, 39, 2735–2756.

52. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Cohen, O. (2018). Involvement and acceptance of custodial fathers: The role of narcissism and caregiving. Psychology of Men & Masculinity.

53. Gewirtz- Meydan, A. & Finzi-Dottan, R. (2018). Narcissism and relationship satisfaction from a dyadic perspective: The mediating role of psychological aggression. Marriage & Family Review. DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2017.1359814

54. Finzi-Dottan, R. (2018). Acceptance and caregiving of married and divorced custodial mothers and fathers. Marriage & Family Review. DOI: 10.1080/01494929.2018.1501630

Chapters in Books

1. Finzi-Dottan, R., Har-Even, D., & Raz, G. (2011). Who is sensitive to rejection? The role of attachment, narcissism and fear of intimacy. In, E. Kourkoutas & F. Erkman (Eds.) Interpersonal acceptance and rejection: Social, emotional, and educational contexts. (pages 183-196) Boca Raton, FL: Brown Walker Press.

2. Finzi-Dottan, R. & Segal O. (2012). Children’s Psychological Adjustment in Relation to Family Size and Maternal Parenting. In 3rd. book of ISIPAR Conference (pp. 21-34). Boca Raton, FL: Brown Walker Press.

3. Finzi- Dottan, R. & Cohen O. (2014). Paternal Narcissism: Fathering very young children as comparison to fathering adolescents. A. Besser (Ed.) Handbook of the psychology of narcissism: Diverse perspectives (pp. 259-279). New York: Nova.

4. Finzi-Dottan, R. (2015). Parenting Children with ADHD: Study findings and implications for practice (2015). In E. Kourkoutas & A. Hart, Innovative Practice and Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Psychosocial Difficulties and Disabilities (pp. 537-548). UK, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Finzi-Dottan, R. (2011). Vulnerability for learning disorders. In, N.M. Seel
(Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. New-York, NY: Springer. (Entry).


2004 -  9th International family Violence Research Conference
Sheraton Harborside Hotel & Conference Center, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - The perception of childhood emotional abuse in adulthood as mediated by defense mechanisms

2005 -  XIIth European Conference on Developmental Psychology; Tenerife, Spain - From Emotional Abuse in Childhood to Psychopathology in Adulthood: A Path Mediated by Primitive Defense Mechanisms and Self-Concept. Presentation

2006 - 2nd International Congress for Psychoanalytic Family Therapy, Montreal, Canada - Working With Grandparents Who Are Caregivers of Their Grandchildren Presentation

2007 - 13th European Conference on Developmental Psychology
Jena, Germany; What are the Desirable Traits in a Marriage Candidate? Who is Afraid of Intimacy? 

2008 - 2nd International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Crete, Greece - The Role of Rejection and Acceptance Expectancy in Considerations Concerning Desirable Marriage Candidates

2008 - XVIIth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Hong-Kong; China -  Childhood Emotional Abuse: Developmental Consequences

2009 - International Congress on Family, School and Society Special Education,  Porto, Portugal -  PTSD Reactions among Adolescents with Learning Disabilities Who Were Exposed to Terror Attacks: The Role of Attachment. Presentation

2010 - 3rd International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Padua, Italy -  Children’s Personality in Relation to Family Size and Maternal Parenting

2011 - ISSID 2011 – Personality & Individual Differences
London, UK - Stress related growth in parents of children with ADHD: The effects of emotional intelligence, social support, parental sense of competence and perception of parenting as challenge vs. threat

2012 - 16th European Conference on Personality Triest, Italy -Spillover of compassion fatigue into marriage quality: the role of self-differentiation, professional self-esteem, Colleague support, and traumatic life events

2012 - 1st International Conference on Cultural Psychiatry in Mediterranean Countries. Tel Aviv, Israel Aggression, Guilt, and Conduct Disorder in Former Soviet Union Immigrant Adolescents: The Role of Parenting Style and Ego Identity.

2013,  4th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance & Rejection Chandigarh – India Predictors of warmth and involvement in child rearing among married and divorced fathers

2013 - 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Dublin, Ireland - Promoting Mental Health and Future Outlook for Youngsters at Risk Leaving Out-of Home Care

2014,  International Family Law with Emphasis on the Work of the Hague Conference on Private international Law Hod Ha'Sharon, Sha'arei Mishpat - The Welfare of the Child and Return of Children Under the Hague Convention: A Mental Health Practitioner's Perspective

2014, 5th international Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, Kishinev Moldova - Paternal Warmth and Involvement: The Impact of Paternal Narcissism

2014,  Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR). Madrid, Spain -  Involvement and warmth of custodial fathers: Comparison with married and non-residential divorced fathers Presentation

2015, The 14th European Congress of Psychology
Milan, Italy - Aggression, Guilt, and Conduct Disorder in Former Soviet Union Immigrant Adolescents: The Role of Parenting Style and Ego Identity

2015,  14th ISPCAN European Regional Conference Bucharest, Romania The Intergenerational Transmission of Abuse: The Effect on Parenting

2016,  6th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection ISIPAR Madrid, Spain - Predictors of parental acceptance and warmth: Gender or responsibility?

2016, International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) Toronto, Canada Are parental caregiving and affections affected by gender or responsibility?

2017, International Attachment Conference London, UK. Parental caregiving: Gender differences between married and divorced custodial mothers and fathers

2017,  15th European Congress of Psychology
Amsterdam, Nederland Involvement and acceptance of custodial fathers: The role of narcissism and caregiving

2018, 7th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Athens, Greece Antecedents of spousal marital satisfaction: Remembered parental acceptance in childhood, self-differentiation and fear of intimacy

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