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Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika
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ISSN (Print) 2345-0266 - ISSN (Online) 1648-2425
Published by Vilnius University Homepage  [38 journals]
  • II kasmetinė nacionalinė socialinės politikos konferencija „Gyvenimo
           kelias ir jo krizės: kaip (ar) veikia Lietuvos socialinė politika'“

    • Authors: Aistė Adomavičienė, Kristina Ambrazevičiūtė, Kristina Ankėnaitė-Balčiūnienė, Jūratė Charenkova, Asta Dilytė-Kotenko, Eugenijus Dunajevas, Virginija Jurėnienė, Giedrė Purvaneckienė, Romas Lazutka, Arūnas Juška, Žeimantė Straševičiūtė, Jurga Mataitytė-Diržienė, Eglė Šumskienė, Violeta Gevorgianienė, Rasa Genienė, Arūnas Pocius, Gražina Rapolienė, Margarita Gedvilaitė-Kordušienė, Vaida Tretjakova, Ilona Tamutienė, Vaida Auglytė, Olga Zamalijeva, Antanas Kairys, Kristina Zitikytė
      Pages: X - XXVI
      Abstract: 2022 m. spalio 14 d. Vilniaus universitete vyko II kasmetinė nacionalinė socialinės politikos konferencija „Gyvenimo kelias ir jo krizės: kaip (ar) veikia Lietuvos socialinė politika'“
      Universiteto g. 3, Vilnius
      PubDate: 2023-03-21
      DOI: 10.15388/STEPP.2022.52
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2023)
  • Redaktoriaus žodis

    • Authors: Eugenijus Dunajevas
      PubDate: 2023-03-20
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2023)
  • Exploring Gender Stereotypes among Prospective Foster Families

    • Authors: Alla Yaroshenko, Tetyana Semigina
      Pages: 62 - 79
      Abstract: One of the acute social work issues in Ukraine is the deinstitutionalization of care for orphans and children left without parental care and the introduction of family care models. It is known that the success of such models largely depends on the motivations and values that inspire parents to place children, the socio-psychological characteristics of family members, gender aspects such as the distribution of household workload, the involvement of men in performing housework and care for children and so on. Building on social role theory, we examine gender stereotypes of prospective foster parents in Kyiv, Ukraine. The exploration of femininity and masculinity stereotypes was carried out using the Sex-Role Inventory (Bem, 1974), while the assessment of ambivalent sexism in the attitudes toward women and men was done through using a short version of the methodology of Glick and Fiske (1996). 83 paricipants of the mandatory trainings for prospective foster parents were questioned. Our study reveals that the prospective foster parents hold a biased set of beliefs. Almost a third of respondents’ responses concerning women show high indicators on the femininity scale and concerning men – on the masculinity scale. Also, respondents demonstrate a greater extent of benevolent rather than hostile sexism and describe a generalized image of women and men as androgynous individuals. High levels of hostility to feminism, especially among women, have been reported. Ukraine has all legal grounds for gender equality. Thus, from the intersectional point of view, the study results highlight the impact of culture and social norms on perceptions of gender and gender stereotyping. The paper ends with suggestions on training programs for both prospective foster parents and social workers, enchancing egalitarian family patterns and agency of women.
      PubDate: 2023-02-22
      DOI: 10.15388/STEPP.2022.48
      Issue No: Vol. 25 (2023)
  • Don't Mind the Hypocrisy: a Commentary on Differentiated Treatment in
           Refugee Reception

    • Authors: Tony Mickelsson Blomqvist
      Pages: 8 - 15
      Abstract: The current conflict in Ukraine has forcibly displaced a large number of people and has put migration issues at the center of attention once again. A small, but growing, body of literature has revealed that Ukrainian refugees are being treated differently vis-à-vis other refugee groups – this is a clear concern for the social work profession, which is supposed to safeguard all minorities’ rights equally. In this commentary, I briefly review and focus on one aspect of why Ukrainian refugees are seemingly being treated ‘better’ – culture. Cultural proximity has been argued to be a major factor in how the Western response to the current conflict has been shaped, where Ukrainians, but not other refugee groups, are conceived of as culturally compatible with Western countries. The commentary conceptualizes this treatment within the framework of ‘promising victimhood’ and suggests that further research should focus on how victimhood is constructed within the social work profession in relation to the current crisis.
      Keywords: Articles ; Psychic Income and Its Sources in Social Work

      • Authors: Monika Idaitė, Agnė Daunytė, Ugnė Dunčytė, Goda Gudienė, Evelina Jogielaitė, Greta Meištaitė, Lina Vaitkevičiūtė, Gabrielė Venckutė
        Pages: 16 - 30
        Abstract: Work is a mental and physical activity performed in order to receive a reward, which is usually understood as money. However, people work in a variety of jobs, and their job choices are not driven only by financial income. When working, we also receive psychic income – respect, gratitude, emotions, various experiences, and feelings. Psychic income is largely analyzed by economists and psychologists. In social work, as in medicine or pedagogy, psychic income is a significant part of the total income. The goal of the study is to identify sources of psychic income in social work. In order to determine the sources, a model of possible sources was constructed. The model is based on the ideas of Coleman, Bandura and Zukerman. The data for the test of the model was collected by surveying social workers. After the analysis, it can be stated that there are differences in psychic income between social workers depending on the sector they work in; statistically significant results were found in the case of social workers working in NGOs. The main sources of mental income are self-efficacy and the challenges and emotional experiences at work. Research also revealed that there are contradictions regarding the realization of power in social work as a source of psychic income, which requires additional research.
        Keywords: Articles ; Family Policy and Stigmatisation of Single-mother Families

        • Authors: Greta Skubiejute
          Pages: 31 - 43
          Abstract: This article investigates the stigmatisation of single-mother families in Lithuania’s family policy through qualitative legal document content analysis and semi-structured interviews with single mothers. It reveals historical policy biases favouring nuclear families, resulting in marginalised single-mother households despite recognising their economic challenges. Analysis of single mothers’ experiences shows how stigmatization negatively impacts these families’ well-being and political representation, hindering rights advocacy.
          Keywords: Articles ; Editor’s word

          • Authors: Eugenijus Dunajevas
            Pages: VIII - X
            Abstract: -
            PubDate: 2022-12-30
            DOI: 10.15388/STEPP.2022.53
            Issue No: Vol. 25 (2022)
        • Editorial Board and Table of Contents

          • Authors: Eugenijus Dunajevas
            Pages: 1 - 7
            Abstract: -
            PubDate: 2022-12-30
            Issue No: Vol. 25 (2022)
        • How/if the Future Changes the Professional Field of Social Work'

          • Authors: Ieva Adomaitytė-Subačienė, Guoda Martinaityte
            Pages: 80 - 99
            Abstract: The authors aim to discuss the changes in the professional field of social work, the future scenarios and the role of social work in the future society, and to present the views of social workers themselves on the future and the expected changes. The authors provide an overview of the trends in the development of social work profesion and outline the important changes in the professional field based on litearture review. The paper presents a quantitative survey of social workers in Lithuania, which aimed to uncover their attitudes towards new developments, the impact of technology and social innovation, and the future competences of social work. The results of the study reveal that employees see changes in the field of social work, but that these changes are marginal. Not seeing change and a negative public perception of social work are also associated with a willingness to move to another field of work. Leadership and professionalism of managers and more cohesive teamwork would encourage staff to stay. The study did not show that working for any institution (municipal, governmental, non-governmental, etc.) determines social workers‘ attitudes. Social workers‘ attitudes and evaluations were more influenced by their demographics: place of residence, age, education, but even these correlations were rather weak. A large proportion of respondents were not familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD2030) or had only participated in a few sustainability initiatives, but the importance of innovations in social work practice was identified by 58% of respondents, compared to 72% of those aged between 18 and 35 years. When talking about the future competences of social work, the traditional micro-level competences of social work are highlighted: empathy, emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication and working with a group, less importance is attached to innovative, managerial or macro-level competences.
            PubDate: 2022-12-30
            DOI: 10.15388/STEPP.2022.49
            Issue No: Vol. 25 (2022)
        • The Impact of Uncertainty Created by Global Factors on Fertility Decisions

          • Authors: Alina Norgėlaitė
            Pages: 100 - 113
            Abstract: The article discusses the effect of global factors – COVID-19 pandemic, war in Ukraine, climate change – that form uncertainty which affects the decision to have children. The aim is to reveal the impact of uncertainty based on the results of the qualitative survey. In 2021–2022 thirty semi-structured interviews were conducted with informants born between the years 1970 and 1989. The research showed that global factors are not relevant when considering children, with climate change being the least understood and influential factor. However, the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and war, which increased uncertainty and prompted a delay in the decision to have children, had a stronger effect in the beginning and lessened with time. The pandemic was associated with the limited availability of medical services, while the reaction to war depended on personal perception of the direct threat. Older generations being close to the end of reproductive age, and younger generations having the desired number of children felt more uncertain about childbearing possibilities. A critical factor that reduced uncertainty was a strong desire to have children. Possessed information and distrust in public institutions appeared to be also quite important.
            PubDate: 2022-12-30
            DOI: 10.15388/STEPP.2022.50
            Issue No: Vol. 25 (2022)
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