Families of Disabled Children in the Israeli Kibbutz: A Community Which Provides for All Needs

Yona Leyser, Malka Margalit, Yakov Avraham

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Abstract

One hundred and two families of disabled children in the Israeli kibbutz were studied. Parental responses during the interview revealed that the availability of material and financial resources, which the kibbutz provides, the sharing in the day to day care of the child, and the overall acceptance by the community are important in reducing stress. Yet, parents still experience a number of major hardships and stressors including encounters with the kibbutz “system”, a sense of loneliness, and concerns about their children’s social integration and their futures. Similar hardships are reported in the literature for parents of disabled children in other cultures and societies. Implications for educators and family service providers regarding the need for community training, the training of’ peer case managers and for emotional and practical support are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-177
Number of pages13
JournalThe Exceptional Child
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

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