Prof. Shalhevet Attar-Schwartz



Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 2006, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Lecturer 2008, Senior Lecturer 2012, Associate Professor 2016; Full Professor 2020

Research Interests:

Prof. Attar-Schwartz's research focuses on the well-being, adjustment, and resilience of children and youth in domestic and out-of-home care settings, including residential care settings and family foster care. She has published extensively on children’s safety, quality of life, and psychosocial and educational adjustment in residential care.  She is also interested in issues of social support of children in residential care by their nuclear and extended family, by their peers and by the residential care staff. Shalhevet is also an expert in intergenerational relationship in the family and its contribution to child and adolescent well-being. 

Shalhevet is especially interested in using multidimensional perspectives, taking into account multiple ecological spheres in children’s lives, such as their personal attributes, family characteristics, and social and organizational factors outside the parental home, to identify the stressors and protective factors involved in young people’s well-being. Her current projects focus on: kinship family foster care for children at risk, child-parent contact in residential care, stigmatization of children and youth in residential care, and intergenerational relationships in the family and child well-being.

Shalhevet is involved in several governmental and non-governmental committees and initiatives aiming to promote the well-being of children, in general, and children in care, In particular, in Israel. She is also currently the Chair of the Steering Committee for Knowledge Development, The Council for the Child in Care (Yeldaim Besikui).


Key words: Child well-being, residential care, family foster care, social support, intergenerational relationships. 


Selected Publications:

Chapters in Collections

Attar-Schwartz, S. (in press). Sibling Support: The Reports of Israeli Adolescents in Residential Care. In A. Buchanan and A. Rotkirch (Eds.). Brothers and sisters: global perspectives on the longest enduring relationship. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2017). Experiences of victimization by peers and staff in residential care for children at-risk in Israel from an ecological perspective. In: A. V. Rus, S.R. Parris, & E. Stativa (Eds.). Child Maltreatment in Residential Care: History, Research, and Current Practice, pp. 269-300. New York: Springer.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Buchanan, A. (2017). Grandparent-adolescent relationships. In: R.J.R. Levesque (Ed). Encyclopedia of adolescence (pp. 1-16). New-York: Springer.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2016). Grandfather-adolescent relationships and adolescent well-being among Israeli Jewish and Arab youth. In: A. Buchanan, & A. Rotkirch (Eds.). Grandfathers: Global perspectives, pp. 267-284. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Buchanan, A. (2012). Grandparent-adolescent relationships. In: R.J.R. Levesque (Ed). Encyclopedia of adolescence (pp. 1213-1225). New-York: Springer.  

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Buchanan, A., & Flouri, E. (2011) Grandparent involvement and adolescent adjustment: Should grandparents have legal rights? In C. Lind, J. Bridgeman, & H. Keating, (Eds.). Transforming families, regulating responsibilities (pp. 191-212). London: Ashgate.

Bradshaw, J., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2010). Fertility and social policy. In: N. Takayama, & M. Werding (Eds.). Fertility and public policy: How to reverse the trend in declining birth rates (pp. 185-212). Cambridge, MA and London, UK: MIT-Press.  

Articles in Refereed Journals

Hoffnung-Assouline, A. H., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2020). Staff Social Support and Adolescent Adjustment Difficulties: The Moderating Role of Length of Stay in the Residential Care Setting. Children and Youth Services Review, 104761.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Filippelli, J., & Fallon, B. (2019). Does a Co-Resident Grandparent Matter? Characteristics of Maltreatment-Related Investigations Involving Lone-Parent Families. The British Journal of Social Work49(6), 1638-1657.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Huri, Y. (2019). Grandparental support and life satisfaction among adolescents in residential care. Children and Youth Services Review96, 70-78.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2019). Parental availability of supprot and frequency of contact: The reports of youth in educational residential care. Children and Youth Services Review, 101, 317-328.

Fridman-Teutsch, A., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2019). Commitment to school and learning among youth in residential care: The role of mother and father support and parents’ divorce. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry89(2), 201-2011.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Buchanan (PI) (2018). Grandparenting and adolescents' well-being: Evidence from the UK and Israel. Special Issue: Grandparents. The Role of Grandparents in the 21st Century: Global Perspectives on Changing Roles and Consequences. Contemporary Social Science Open Journal, 13(2), 219-231.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Fridman-Teutsch, A.(2018). Father support and adjustment difficulties among youth in residential settings: The moderating role of victimization by peers and gender. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88, 701-712.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Mishna, F., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2017) The role of classmates’ social support, peer victimization and gender in externalizing and internalizing behaviors among Canadian youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-12.

Mishna, F., Schwan, K. J., Birze, A., Van Wert, M., Lacombe-Duncan, A., McInroy, L., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2018). Gendered and Sexualized Bullying and Cyber Bullying: Spotlighting Girls and Making Boys Invisible. Youth & Society, 0044118X18757150.

Kosher, H., Attar-Schwartz, S., Casas, F., & Zeira, A., Monserratt, M.C. (2018). Out-of-Home Care for Children at-Risk in Israel and in Spain:  Current Lessons and Future Challenges. Psychosocial Intervention, 27(1), 12-21. 1

Pinchover, S., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2018). Is someone there for you? Social support of youth in educational residential care from family, peers, and staff. British Journal of Social Work, 48, 2195-2214.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2017). Adolescents' closeness to paternal grandmothers in the face of parents' divorce. Children and Youth Services Review, 77, 118-126. 

Attar-Schwartz, S., Benbenishty, R., & Roziner, I. (2017). Change trajectories of aggressive behavior among children in long-term residential care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 65, 158-170. 

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2016). The moderating role of cultural affiliation in the link between emotional closeness to grandparents and adolescent adjustment difficulties and prosocial behavior. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86, 564-572.

Attar-Schwartz, S. & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2015) Indirect and verbal victimization by peers among youth at-risk in residential care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 42, 84-98. 

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2015). Emotional closeness to parents and grandparents: A moderated-mediation model predicting adolescent adjustment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85, 495-503.

Pinchover, S., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Matattov-Sekeles, H. (S) (2015). Director's Leadership and burnout among residential child care workers: possible implications for practice. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 14(2), 1478-1840.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2014). Experiences of sexual victimization by peers among adolescents in residential care settings. Social Service Review, 88, 594-629.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Zur, H. (2014). The likelihood of using corporal punishment by kindergarten teachers: the role of parent-teacher partnership, attitudes, and religiosity. Social Indicators Research, 7, 369-389.

Pinchover, S., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2014). Institutional social climate and adjustment difficulties of adolescents in residential care: The mediating role of victimization by peers. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 393-399.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S., & Zur, H. (2014). Understanding the mediating role of corporal punishment in the association between maternal stress, efficacy, co-parenting and children's adjustment difficulties among Arab mothers. Child Abuse and Neglect, 38, 1073-1082.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2014). Adolescents' reports of physical violence by peers in residential care settings: an ecological examination. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29, 659-682.

Attar-Schwartz, S.  (2013). Runway behavior among adolescents in residential care: the role of personal characteristics, victimization experiences while in care, social climate, and institutional factors. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 258-267.

Ben-Arieh, A., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2013). An ecological approach to children's rights and participation: Interrelationships and correlates of rights in different ecological systems. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83, 94-106.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Ben-Arieh, A.  (2012). Political knowledge, attitudes and values among Palestinian and Jewish youth in Israel: The role of nationality, gender and religiosity. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 704-712.

Pinchover, S., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2012). Emotional and behavioral functioning of children and youth in welfare residential care settings: The contribution of personal characteristics, victimization experiences while in care, and the setting's social climate. Mifgash: Journal of Social-Educational Work, 20, 61-90. (Hebrew).

Zeira, A., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Benbenishty, R. (2012). Children and youth in out-of-home-placement in Israel: Issues and challenges. Mifgash: Journal of Social-Educational Work, 20, 9-16.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Ben-Arieh, A., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2011). The geography of child welfare in Israel: The role of nationality, religion, socio-economic factors, and social workers availability. British Journal of Social Work, 41, 1122-1139. 1

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2011). Maltreatment by staff in residential care facilities: The adolescents' perspectives. Social Service Review, 85, 635-664.

Griggs, J., Tan, J.P., Buchanan, A., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Flouri, E. (2010). ‘They’ve always been there for me’: Grandparental involvement and child well-being. Children and Society, 24, 200-214.

Tan, J.P., Buchanan, A., Flouri, E., Attar-Schwartz, S., & Griggs, J. (2010). Filling in the parenting gap? Grandparent involvement with UK adolescents. Journal of Family Issues, 31, 992-1015.

Flouri, E., Buchanan, A., Tan, J.P., Griggs, J., & Attar-Schwartz, S.  (2010). Adverse life events, area socio-economic disadvantage, and psychopathology and prosocial behavior in adolescence: The role of closeness to grandparents as a buffer against risk. Stress: The International Journal on Biology of Stress, 13(5), 402-412.

Ben-Yehuda, Y., Attar-Schwartz, S., Ziv, A., Jedwab, M., & Benbenishty, R. (2010). Child abuse and neglect: Reporting by health professionals and their need for training.  Israel Medical Association Journal- IMAJ, 12, 596-602.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Tan, J.P., Buchanan, A. (PI), Flouri, E. (CI), & Griggs, J. (C) (2009). Grandparenting and adolescent adjustment in two-parent biological, lone-parent, and step- families. Journal of Family Psychology, 23(1), 67-75.

Ben-Arieh, A., McDonnell, J., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2009). Safety and home-school relations as indicators of children well-being: Whose perspective counts? Social Indicators Research, 90, 339-349.

Attar-Schwartz, S., Tan, J.P., & Buchanan, A. (2009). Adolescents’ perspectives on relationships with grandparents: The contribution of adolescent, grandparent, and parent-grandparent relationship variables. Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 1057-1066.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2009). School functioning of children in residential care: The contributions of multilevel correlates. Child Abuse & Neglect, 33, 429-440.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2009). Peer sexual harassment victimization at school: The roles of student characteristics, cultural affiliation and school factors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 79, 407-420.

Attar-Schwartz, S. (2008). Emotional, behavioral and social problems among Israeli children in residential care: A multi-level analysis. Children and Youth Services Review, 30(2), 229-248.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2008). Student victimization by peers: Comparison between Bedouin and non-Bedouin Arab students in Israel. Journal of School Violence, 7(3), 3-23.

Attar-Schwartz, S., & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2008). Indirect versus verbal forms of victimization at school: The contribution of student, family, and school variables. Social Work Research, 32(3), 159-170.

Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2008). Student victimization by peers in Arab schools in Israel. Welfare and Society, 28(2-3), 203-223. (Hebrew).

Haj-Yahia, M., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2008). Attitudes of Palestinian preschool teachers from Israel toward reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. Child and Family Social Work, 13, 378-390.

Attar, S., Benbenishty, R. (PI), & Haj-Yahia, M. (C) (2007). Shortform Assessment for Children (SAC): Empirical evaluation in Israel. Welfare and Society, 27(1), 79-101. (Hebrew).