"Children of the Dream" Revisited: 70 Years of Collective Early Child Care in Israeli Kibbutzim

Ora Aviezer, Marinus H. Van IJzendoorn, Abraham Sagi, Carlo Schuengel

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    Abstract

    This article focuses on kibbutz care for infants and young children. It reviews (a) past and present practices of collective education within the context of its historical background and guiding principles and (b) the results of developmental research regarding the impact of multiple caregiving and group care on children's socioemotional development within the framework of attachment theory. The research results indicate that, from a psychological point of view, collective sleeping is a problematic aspect of kibbutz child rearing. However, group care and multiple caregiving of high quality do not necessarily interfere with the formation of close relationships between parents and children or with the development of social skills.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)99-116
    Number of pages18
    JournalPsychological Bulletin
    Volume116
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 1994

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology (all)

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