This paper describes experiences from a three-year research project concerning questions of child abuse and neglect. The emphasis is placed on an attempt to define the real difficulties that have arisen during the course of this work, e.g. group pressure, breaks in continuity, goal heterogeneity, role conflicts and differences in frames of reference. Collaboration problems must be taken seriously and deserve systematic investigation. Multidisciplinary collaboration in different connections within medical, health and social care is of particular importance at this time when the care resources are limited. At the same time it is of decisive importance that the members of the team clarify their attitudes towards certain fundamental questions.
The true incidence of acute otitis media appears to be on the increase. According to the findings of a number of studies, acute otitis affects 40 per cent of all children during the first years of life. In the article are discussed the prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and prevention of acute otitis media in children.
This report encompasses material gathered in 1971 in Thailand, Sweden, and Israel. Observations of group care arrangements for young children, discussions with local program and research workers as well as review of relevant publications form the basis of the presentation. A substantial portion of five months in Israel was available for study of the kibbutz and its relationship to child care and development, while during shorter stays in Thailand and Sweden, child care arrangements were a focus of interest. The extensive experiences of the kibbutz and Swedish day nurseries will be emphasized since they are more applicable to present concerns in the United States.