Expert Finds Kibbutz Children Match Behavior of Youngsters Elsewhere

A prominent Israeli psychiatrist declared here that there was no evidence of an unusual proportion of behavior problems among kibbutz children attributed to a lack of a mother’s personal care. Addressing the convention of the American Psychiatric Association yesterday, Dr. Mordechai Kaffman, psychiatric consultant of the Child Guidance Center of the Oranim and Kiryat Amal kibbutzim, in Israel, presented his findings on research conducted among a group of 403 kibbutz children.

Discussing the special conditions existing in Israel’s collective settlements, where children live apart from their parents but maintain daily contact with them, Dr Kaffman said that symptoms of common behavior problems “either matched the figures of groups outside kibbutzim or appeared less prominently.”

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