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Nevet research group (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) took part in “Culture matters” research seminar

On October 2, Nevet research group (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) took part in “Culture matters” research seminar. Members of the research group presented their ongoing studies.

Yael Ponizovsky presented her study “Young Children’s Perspectives of Risk and Protection: A Context Informed Study”. Her approach is based on the current understanding that very young children have their own perspectives of risk and protection and have a capability and a right to express their perspectives. The data from 450 young participants will be gathered via audio and video recording, picture analysis and interviews. The goal is to identify children’s views of what is dangerous and what is protective in their immediate environment. The results will be interpreted in context of attachment theory and will be available for use in social work.

Natali Ulitsa and Ruthi Senesh talked about their qualitative study of parenting among immigrants from former Soviet Union in Israel. The goal of the study is to further the understanding of how beliefs about “good parenting” and socialization of mothers get expressed in specific parenting practices. For that end, Ulitsa and Senesh conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with mothers and recorded 5-minute videos of free play situations, with subsequent context analysis of the dialogues during the play. Ulitsa and Senesh proposed to gather additional data from Jewish families in Russia to compare parenting practices.

Yan Serdtse presented his study on the role of fathers and fatherhood in parenting among immigrants from former Soviet Union in Israel and Israelis. At the time attachment theory was first formulated the mother was considered a primary caretaker in virtually any scenario. The proposed study aims to clarify if the social reality in Russia and in Israel has since changed and what is the role that fathers and fatherhood in parenting today. The data will be gathered from in-depth interviews and observation of free play situations.

Each of the presenters offered suggestions for possible collaboration with SCR laboratory.