Infant-adult attachments on the kibbutz and their relation to socioemotional development four years later.

David Oppenheim, Abraham Sagi, Michael E. Lamb

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(This reprinted article originally appeared in Developmental Psychology, 1988[May], Vol 24[3], 427–433. The following abstract of the original article appeared in PA, Vol 75:26257.) Studied the predictive validity of Strange Situation classifications among infants raised on kibbutzim in Israel. C-type (resistant) attachments are frequently found on Israeli kibbutzim, but the long-term correlates of this 'insecure' pattern have not been identified. 59 Ss, whose attachments to parents and metaplot were assessed at age 11–14 mo, were seen again when they were 5 yrs old to assess socioemotional development. Ss who had B-type attachments to their metaplot were later less ego controlled and more empathic, dominant, purposive, achievement-oriented, and independent than C-group Ss. Group differences were in the direction predicted on the basis of prior research on the correlates of infant–mother attachment. Measures of socioemotional development reflected Ss' behavior at the kibbutz but not at home or with parents. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-106
Number of pages15
JournalAnnual Progress in Child Psychiatry & Child Development
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989


  • Attachment Behavior
  • Emotional Development
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Statistical Validity
  • Stranger Reactions
  • Kibbutz
  • Parent Child Relations


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