ERIC Number: ED431515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Parenting Support on Kibbutz and in Urban Israeli Settings.
Maital, Sharone L.; Goldman, Jane A.; Bornstein, Marc H.
Although the Israeli kibbutz system of communally organized childcare has been the focus of considerable research with respect to developmental outcomes, relatively few studies have examined the kibbutz from a parenting perspective. This study compared perceived supports for parenting reported by 19 kibbutz mothers with those reported by 18 urban Israeli mothers. At the time of their oldest child's fourth birthday, mothers completed questionnaires on family demographics, childcare arrangements, social network, social support and satisfaction, and ability to cope with parenting, childcare, and family responsibilities. The findings indicated that there were contextual differences between the two environments. Kibbutz mothers worked and children were in care for longer hours than in urban settings. Even with these longer hours, kibbutz mothers felt more satisfied overall with the support they received. Kibbutz and city mothers were similar in satisfaction with their role as parents, available social support networks, and feelings of competence in coping. The findings suggest that there are continuing distinctions between kibbutz and urban Israeli settings with respect to the supports provided for working mothers. (Author/JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Israel