Children in Educational Residential Care: A Cohort Study of Israeli Youth

Anat Zeira*, Sofi Arzev, Rami Benbenishty, Haim Portnoy

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This article reports preliminary findings from a national cohort study in Israel on the educational outcomes of 82,342 Jewish citizens born in 1981. We compare the educational outcomes of 2002 alumni of youth villages and their peers in the general population with respect to differences among cultural subgroups. The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics generated the database by combining different official data files based on a personal identification number that each Israeli citizen receives. This database covers the entire cohort and includes information on their background and educational status. The findings indicate that the educational status of alumni of youth villages at the age of 27 is less positive compared to that of their peers in the general population. Cultural differences are discussed with respect to the role of youth villages as a means for upward mobility of disadvantaged youth, and implications for policy and future research are suggested.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)55-70
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Care Leavers
  • Cohort Studies
  • Educational Outcomes
  • Israel
  • Youth Villages


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