Divorce in the kibbutz: Past and present

Mordecai Kaffman, Sheryl Shoham, Michal Palgi, Menachem Rosner

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In the kibbutz today, there are no ideological or economic barriers to prevent a couple from deciding to divorce. Both husband and wife are assured continued economic security and equal opportunities for co-parenting, thus reducing fears of disruption in the daily contact with the children. In spite of these favorable circumstances, marital breakups in the kibbutz are less frequent than in the larger cities in Israel. In recent years, however, at a time when a stronger and more intensive family life has gained legitimacy within the kibbutz structure, there is a marked tendency toward a rise in the rate of divorce. In this article we analyze the possible causes of the variations in the frequency of divorce within the kibbutz framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-315
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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