Ami Rokach

Ami Rokach
York University · Department of Psychology

Ph.D.

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Intimate relationships have been shown to be loneliness positively related to self-esteem. Happiness and well-being and have also been regarded as a buffer against loneliness. Nevertheless, substantive research indicates that intimate relationships and marriage can produce or result in loneliness and thus seriously affect the person's physical, emo...
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Research in sexuality is relatively new and has faced various obstacles, social frowning, and academic rejection. This paper reviews the early days of sexuality, the church’s negative view of it, and how it progressed to the 21st century. Sex research is then described and the various methodological issues reviewed. In addition, research on sexuali...
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COVID-19 is a frightening, stress-inducing, and unchartered territory for all. It is suggested that stress, loneliness, and the emotional toll of the pandemic will result in increased numbers of those who will seek psychological intervention, need support, and guidance on how to cope with a time period that none of us were prepared for. Psychologis...
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This article addresses child maltreatment during the period where COVID-19 entered our lives in 2020. Repeated lockdowns kept children at home, away from school, from their support systems, and from their daily routines. Parents have also been plagued by the economic challenges associated with remote living. This not only places additional stress o...
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This article addresses child maltreatment during the period where COVID-19 entered our lives in 2020. Repeated lockdowns kept children at home, away from school, from their support systems, and from their routine. Economic difficulties and having to look after the children who were at home were quite onerous on parents. The article explores the rea...
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Loneliness has been termed a social epidemic, especially when experienced by people with disabilities. In order to better understand how loneliness is experienced in vulnerable populations, the present study compared the qualitative dimensions of loneliness of the blind and visually impaired with the general population not on the frequency or inten...
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Reminiscing by older adults can facilitate beneficial outcomes through the preparation for the end of life, the cohesiveness of life narratives, and creation of life meanings. Given this, and the historical challenges of communication between generations, the objective of this study was two-fold: (1) to harness the beneficial role reminiscence can...
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This chapter reviews the multitude of sexual dysfunctions that men and women can be faced with. Sexual dysfunction is the umbrella term for the inability, for a variety of reasons, to participate in and enjoy sexual activities. In this chapter we examine the various dysfunctions, their biological, emotional, and psychological origins, and the treat...
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Kleinplatz and her research team (Kleinplatz et al., 2009) set out to study what the “sex of our dreams” consists of. They interviewed 67 participants who were in relationships for at least 25 years and identified their sex as “great.” They were aged, on average, 66 years (ranging from 60 to 82), and described various components to their great sexu...
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In this chapter we explore sexuality and how it is affected by various medical illnesses and psychological disturbances. We review the physical effects of illnesses on males and females and discuss how sexuality is affected by such emotional conditions as depression and anxiety.
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Human sexual response is covered in this chapter, including the male and female genitalia, the biological and psychological influences on our sexual response, theories of sexual response, sexual arousal, and sexual desire.
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This chapter reviews the early days of sexuality, the negative connotation that the subject had in the church’s and the public’s eyes, and how it progressed to the 21st century. It then describes progress in conducting sex-related research in North America, and the various methodological issues embedded in doing research on sexuality and alcoholism...
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This introductory chapter provides a brief overview of sexuality, its functions—in the animal and the human worlds—and how it is affected by culture, religion, and tradition. The chapter concludes with a review of sexuality in the 21st century, including the positive changes that have occurred as well as the dangers that these changes may pose.
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This chapter is about sex offenders, covering the difference between a sexual offense versus a paraphilia, various sex offenses, the public’s view of sexual offending, incarceration, and different treatment approaches for sexual offenders. It ends with a review of studies that focus on treatment efficacy.
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This chapter covers the intricate relationship between and influence of sexuality, intimacy, relational dynamics, and love. It describes what enhances satisfactory sexual relationships, what encourages couples to maintain intimacy, and what the concerns and obstacles are in reaching, or keeping, a satisfying intimate and sexual relationship.
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Sexual orientation and sexual fluidity are examined in this chapter. The antecedents and the environmental and cultural influences on our sexual orientation are described, along with the difference between sexual orientation, identity, behavior, and preference. The chapter ends with an attempt to provide an answer as to whether changing one’s orien...
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This chapter explores what love is, how it is related to intimacy, various definitions of both concepts, love in ancient times, the universality of love, the functions that love serves, romantic passion, and the relation of sexual satisfaction and love.
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In this chapter we review some of the sexual behaviors that are not regarded as common or “normal.” By attempting to understand them, we hope to gain a better understanding of behaviors that are normally practiced.
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The chapter starts by describing what communication is, how it differs from sexual communication, and how sexual communication affects marital relations. It ends with suggestions to improve sexual communication in order to enhance a couple’s bonding.
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Reminiscing by older adults can facilitate beneficial outcomes through the preparation for the end of life, the cohesiveness of life narratives, and the creation of life meanings. Given this, and the historical challenges of communication between generations, the objective of this study was two-fold: (1) to harness the beneficial role reminiscence...
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This article provides a narrative review on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) through a psychosocial lens and examines how this impairment affects its sufferers during adolescence and adulthood, as well as how it impacts family caregivers and healthcare professionals' mental health. Since there has been a lack of investiga...
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This review highlights the relationship between sexuality and Internet use, the various ways in which the Internet includes and enhances sexuality, how it affects sexual behaviors and attitudes, and the important role it has in peoples’ sexual behavior, education, interaction, and satisfaction. This article also presents the ‘two faces’ of the Inte...
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In order to become a full-fledged psychologist, one must undertake a long, demanding, and quite difficult journey in academia. The academic journey holds a promise of delivering knowledge, interesting theories, and strategies on helping those who need psychological assessment and/or treatment. However, the constant expectation of keeping up with th...
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This review explored the experience of hospitalization and the experience of cancer patients who were undergoing Ear Nose and Throat [ENT] surgery. Hospitals, which were designed with treatment and healing in mind, are known to be the source of uncontrollable noise, physicians who talk in a language that patients do not understand. Entering the hos...
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There are three universal experiences that we cannot escape: loneliness, illness, and death. The Psychological Journey To and From Loneliness addresses what was termed the plague of the 21st century--loneliness. Loneliness is stigmatized in our society, so untold number of people walk around lonely, unable to do what is so naturally called for--mak...
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The present study examined the experience of loneliness and the ways of coping with its pain as utilized by people with chronic pain and caregivers. Specifically, a large sample (N = 827) recruited in two major pain clinics in Israel, completed the Loneliness and the Coping with loneliness questionnaires. Results indicated that patients had higher...
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The present article examines the interaction between loneliness and psychotherapy; the salient features of psychotherapy, the needs of the lonely client, and the promise in the therapeutic process of being an agent of help to the lonely survive and aim at helping them emerge from their ordeal, emotionally strengthened and spiritually enriched.
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Loneliness is an experience determined by a person’s characteristics, her situational variables, gender, and background. This review article describes the myriad of studies, with sometimes contradictory results about the relation of loneliness to gender [with women commonly expressing, though not necessarily experiencing, greater loneliness], and t...
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This paper reviews the pertinent literature regarding commonly reported anxieties and challenges faced by novice counsellors through a variety of different counselling fields and contexts. The trend in the literature suggests that a fear of incompetence (FOI) is the most frequently reported anxiety, with further research linking this to other probl...
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In this epilogue I review some of the existing literature on senseless violence, highlighting the phenomenon, examining the factors that cause people to commit such horrific deeds, and the complex thoughts, feelings, and acts that precede such senseless violence. The article ends with some reflections on what we should do as a profession and as a s...
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War, an experience which is contrary to human nature and has still occurred relentlessly over the millennia, leaves big and painful scars on those who took part in it. The effects of participation in a war can be seen not only on those who personally partook in it, but on their families and intimate partners as well. War is such an extraordinary ex...
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It is known that university students are significantly influenced by their professors. This review article surveys relevant research on the impact that professors actually have on students, which of their behaviors are important in creating that impact, and which behaviors professors may want to adopt, or enhance, in order to maximize the positive...
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Caring for a chronically-ill family member is often taking its toll in increased burden, changes in daily schedule, and increased loneliness for caregivers. This study was aimed at investigating the manner to which caregivers of chronic-pain patients cope with loneliness and other care-related effects. To this end, 247 caregivers were sampled in tw...
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Loneliness is a universal experience, which transcends age, gender, geography, and culture. Religion, and one’s degree of religiosity, is known to significantly affect one’s approach to life, behaviour, and social involvement. This chapter will describe two studies that explored whether the experience of loneliness is influenced by one’s degree of...
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This article explores the experience of loneliness in intimacy, with a special focus on infidelity. First, the notion of intimacy and love are examined and related to the concept of loneliness. To be in love is often thought to exclude being lonely but research shows otherwise.’ Loneliness is exacerbated when intimacy is shattered by interpersonal...
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In this paper we review the concept of loneliness, and research that relates it to illness and death, two conditions that we all will undergo at some point in our life, and which are replete with loneliness, a sense of isolation, and a deep yearning not only for health and life, but for a meaningful connection with loved ones and carers.
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This article describes an exploration of the influence of gender, sense of coherence, and the tumor type [malignant vs. benign], which were measured on patients awaiting surgery, on their experience of loneliness and the manner in which they coped with it. Regression analyses provided information as to which dependent variables can help predict the...
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This is a volume on loneliness and what can be done to address its pain. While most books simply describe loneliness from one author's point of view, this volume includes a comprehensive review of the literature and employs top researchers in the field discuss their own research findings, conclusions and clinical experience. It explores the relatio...
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In this study we explored the influence of gender and sense of coherence which were measured on patients who had malignant tumors, undergoing Ear Nose and Throat [ENT] surgery, on their experience of loneliness and the manner in which they coped with it. Multiple regression analyses revealed that gender and one's sense of coherence or the belief th...
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The original impetus for the development of PTRS was clinical experience with clients whose symptomatic profiles were different from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when it was found that the traditional approaches for treatment of PTSD were inappropriate in several ways. Post Traumatic Relationship Syndrome is an anxiety disorder that occurs...
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The article reviews the loneliness of those on their deathbed, and the complex and demanding field of palliative care, noting the sources of the stresses and strains that the healthcare workers often encounter. It highlights the needs of patients, the reasons why they and/or their families may hamper palliative care, and mostly- what can be done to...
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Caregivers to cancer patients may be particularly vulnerable to the experience of loneliness. The current study compared the strategies used to cope with loneliness by those caring for hospitalized cancer patients who were receiving treatment, and caregivers of cancer patients in a hospice, who were on their death bed. Analyses revealed that there...
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The book, through the personal journey of a clinical psychologist, is shedding light on the obstacle course that students face, commonly with no one to guide, direct, and mentor them. Once they succeed in getting into universities, they commonly attend huge classrooms, are anonymous and feel disconnected. When their time comes to prepare for gradua...
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Loneliness is a universal experience that does not respect the boundaries of age, gender, race, marital or socio - economic status and it may be either persistent and continuous or short lived. This review article examines loneliness and its correlates in everyday life, loneliness in school children, what contributes to it, and what can be done to...
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In this book, the authors discuss two of the most fundamental of human experiences: loneliness, and belonging. There have been other publications, over the years, about each of these topics separately, but none about how they interact and influence one another, in one integrated volume. Loneliness is an existential and basic human experience that a...
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This article explored the relationships among three interrelated components: marital distress, emotional loneliness and children psychological adjustment. We delineated major emotional consequences of chronically distressed marriages that deprive partners of intimacy, security and support. They include disengagement and emotional loneliness; the im...
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Loneliness is a universal experience which transcends age, sex, geography, and culture. Religion, and often one's religiosity, are known to affect one's approach to life, behaviour, and social involvement. The present, preliminary study aimed to explore whether coping with loneliness is influenced by one's religious observance. The present study fo...
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Four hundred and twenty-six participants volunteered to participate in this study. A total of 159 men and 281 women comprised the sample. The sample was composed of 99 cancer stricken patients, 97 caregivers, 124 participants from the general population, and 126 people who were related to them in a similar manner that caregivers were related to pat...
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The pain of loneliness is a universal social phenomenon, which is intensified by a diagnosis of a terminal illness. The present study investigated the causes of loneliness as perceived by HIV/AIDS patients, those diagnosed with cancer, and the general population. Forty-three HIV/AIDS patients, 38 cancer patients, and 53 participants from the genera...
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The present study examined the influence of cultural background on university students' experience of loneliness. The total of 966 students, 484 from Canada and 482 from the Czech Republic participated in the study. They answered a 30 item yes/no questionnaire composed of five subscales, namely: Emotional distress, Social inadequacy and alienation,...
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At the dawn of the 21st century, both loneliness and homelessness are more pervasive than we would possibly like to admit. In this study, the experience of loneliness of the homeless youth and young adults was compared to that of the same age groups in the general population. Forty nine homeless youth and 64 young adults as well as 79 youth and 132...
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Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions. It distinguishes not between men or women, rich or poor, illiterate or educated. Loneliness has been with man since the beginning of time, and there are suggestions that it is getting more frequent, and more pronounced. The natural 'protectors' from loneliness are our marriages, and families. However, as...
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This review article examines the experience, in general but especially, of hospitalised children. The technical, environmental and social aspects of a hospital are described. Being hospitalised, especially for a child, could be a terrifying and painful experience. This experience has been described and closely examined with the aim of helping healt...
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Loneliness is a prevailing experience, which every person has experienced at some point in his or her life. It is a subjective experience, which is influenced by one's personality, life experience and other situational variables. The present study examined the influence of age and gender on the experience of loneliness; not on its presence or absen...
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Based on the content analysis of verbatim reports of loneliness accounts provided by 526 subjects, I developed a three-level model of the experience of loneliness. Ten factors are subsumed under four major elements and are differentiated into 23 components. In addition to demonstrating the complexity of loneliness, the present study also highlights...
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The present study aimed to understand what constitutes a traumatic relationship experience for adults in abusive intimate relationships and what effects, losses, and coping strategies were the most salient for these participants. A total of 101 individuals (42 males, 59 females) who reported experiencing an abusive or traumatic relationship partici...

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