Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP <p>Founded in 2001. Publishes articles on social work and social policy.</p> Vilniaus universiteto leidykla / Vilnius University Press en-US Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika 1648-2425 <p>Please read the Copyright Notice in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zurnalai.vu.lt/STEPP/journalpolicy">Journal Policy</a>.&nbsp;</p> The Impact of Social Business on the Development of Communities’ Social Capital https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/19073 <p>There have been a lot of interest in social economics development in Europe, and social business has stood out for its social impact, having a potential approach to such societal problems as social exclusion, poverty, unemployment. The creation of social capital and social entrepreneurship are related by positive social change and economic benefits, which are achieved through personal and community bonding, innovation, and social initiatives. Social business has stood out for its social impact, having a potential approach to such societal problems as social exclusion, poverty, unemployment. The aim of the present article is to reveal social entrepreneurship impact on building social capital in Lithuanian communities. For this reason, a qualitative study was conducted based on social business activities related to community change, as well as identifying the interrelations between social business and social capital. This article introduces the theoretical approach of concepts social capital and community, followed by discussion of social business benefits and impact on the growth of community’s social capital. The results of the analysis of the research data were analytically coded based on grounded theory methodology and reveals the potential and perspective of social business in creating social change in the community following by building new relationships, trust and values, and new norms for community development. The positive changes initiated by social business are relevant to the goals of social work and reveal the need of further research in this field.</p> Laura Ramaškienė Eglė Šumskienė Copyright (c) 2020 Authors https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-12-28 2020-12-28 21 66 85 10.15388/STEPP.20.23 How do People with Disabilities Evaluate the Quality of Social Services? https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/19274 <p>In this article we analyse the quality of social services from the perspective of people with disabilities and we analyse other social services quality studies that use the EQUASS system or the SERVQUAL model. We show the contrast between the high quality ratings reported by social workers and unmet expectations of the services’ recipients. It is argued that the difference may be due to methodological errors in choosing one or another research method, and the phenomenon of social workers’ conformism, which can be supported also by the peculiarities of Lithuania’s long-term social policy. It is proposed that the SERWQUAL model be used for the study of the quality of social services, which is flexible with regards to the needs of service users. Triangulation of research methods was used to analyse the data. We show evaluation of the quality of social services according to the 5 dimensions of the SERWQUAL model: tangibles, reliability, responsiveness, assurance (certainty) and sensitivity (empathy).</p> Laurita Čiapaitė Asta Vaitkevičienė Copyright (c) 2020 Laurita Čiapaitė | Asta Vaitkevičienė https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-12-28 2020-12-28 21 37 65 10.15388/STEPP.2020.22 DeCovidation = Deinstitutionalization. Independent Living and Inclusion in the Community https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/17723 <p>The global coronovirus (Covid-19) pandemic has been revealed what about half of the world’s deaths are recorded in large institutions of the elderly and people with disabilities, and these are later thought to be incentives for states to take active deinstitutionalisation efforts. In order for deinstitutionalisation actions to respond to its ideological origins, which lie in the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in the necessary legal instruments and in clarifying that Member States are responsible. The article reveals how the deinstitutionalisation processes that have already started are implemented and evaluated in Central and Eastern Europe and discusses their problems. Content analysis was used to investigate the Soviet regime, leading to the implementation of official and alternative (shadow) reports on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.</p> Rasa Genienė Copyright (c) 2020 Rasa Genienė https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-09-16 2020-09-16 21 26 36 10.15388/STEPP.2020.21 Experiences of Social Entrepreneurship Pioneers in Lithuania https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/16277 <p class="western" lang="lt-LT" style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 200%;" align="justify">The phenomenon of social entrepreneurship is sufficiently well-researched abroad since the end of the 20th century. Nevertheless, it is quite a new and under-researched subject in Lithuanian academic discourse. The goal of this article is to explore the experiences of pioneers of social entrepreneurship in Lithuania, the way they create and develop the model of social entrepreneurship. The first half of the article discusses various concepts of social entrepreneurship, its historical development, connections with corporate social responsibility and its purpose in contemporary societies. The second part describes the authentic experiences of being the icebreakers of social business practices in bureaucratic system. Results are based on semi-structured qualitative interviews, conducted in autumn 2018 - spring 2019, with 14 social entrepreneurs in Lithuania. The analysis was done following the approach of grounded theory. The research shows, that social entrepreneurs experience various challenges while cooperating with governmental institutions or municipalities while searching for suitable funding models and experiencing ignorance from society in general. Nevertheless, they still engage in these activities with the help and support of an emerging community of active like-minded social entrepreneurs, whose support is essential for the existence and development of social entrepreneurship in Lithuania.</p> Ieva Adomaitytė-Subačienė Agnė Girkontaitė Donata Petružytė Eglė Šumskienė Copyright (c) 2020 Authors https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-06-08 2020-06-08 21 8 25 10.15388/STEPP.2020.20 Editorial Board https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/18226 <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Laimutė Žalimienė Copyright (c) 2020 Authors http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-06-08 2020-06-08 21 1 5 Social Inequalities in Health: Outcomes of Children’s Cochlear Implantation in Lithuania https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/15077 <p>The aim of this study was to evaluate the demographic, family, and educational differences in children’s speech perception development after cochlear (hearing) implantation. The research was conducted in Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos during the years 2013–2018. Open-set speech perception in quiet surroundings were evaluated during hearing assessments (n=81). Information about different factor groups was collected according to the Nottingham Children’s Implant Profile questionnaire. Three main factor groups were analysed: (a) demographic, (b) family, and (c) educational. A Bourdieu-based approach was adopted to analyse social inequalities of health of children with cochlear implants. Different factors were operationalized as different forms of capital. Our findings highlight the importance of family’s social and cultural capital to children speech perception after cochlear implantation.</p> Daumantas Stumbrys Jekaterina Byčkova Eugenijus Lesinskas Jurga Mataitytė-Diržienė Jolita Norkūnienė Copyright (c) 2020 Vilnius University Press https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-05-12 2020-05-12 21 67 78 10.15388/STEPP.2020.19 The Families of Single Mothers in the Context of Family Policy in Lithuania https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/15392 <p>Vienų motinų šeimos yra viena iš opiausių problemų Europoje dėl augančio tokių šeimų skaičiaus, gilėjančio skurdo, kuris siejamas su familializmo ideologijos ir skurdo feminizacijos padariniais. Šeimos politika tam tikrų keliamų problemų kontekste kuria sąlygas vienų vaikus auginančių moterų šeimoms gyvuoti arba uždaro į skurdo ratą. Nors Lietuvoje yra nemažai vienų motinų šeimų skurdo tyrimų, tačiau nėra išsamaus šeimos politikos tikslų ir priemonių tyrimo, kuris gali padėti suprasti, kodėl, augant ekonomikai ir kintant demografijai, vienų motinų šeimos yra labiausiai skurstanti šeimų grupė Lietuvoje. Tad tyrimo tikslas&nbsp;– išsiaiškinti, kaip Lietuvos šeimos politikoje yra (ne)atpažįstamos vienų vaikus auginančių moterų šeimos ir kokios sąlygos egzistuoti joms sudaromos šeimos politikos įstatymų kontekste. Tikslui pasiekti buvo kokybiškai analizuoti įvairūs įstatymai iš MISSOC ir Lietuvos Respublikos Seimo dokumentų duomenų bazių. Tyrimo rezultatai rodo, kad Lietuvos šeimos politikos kontekste aiškiai jaučiama familializmo ideologija, siekiama stiprinti ir didinti branduolinių šeimų ir daugiavaikių šeimų skaičių, tikintis išspręsti demografines problemas. Vienų motinų šeimos politikoje nėra matomos, nėra įvardijamos kaip politikos prioritetas ir į akiratį patenka tik tada, kai atsiduria socialiai remtinų šeimų grupėje. Taip pat yra siejamos su diskriminuojančiomis sąvokomis, tokiomis kaip „nepilna šeima“.</p> Greta Skubiejutė Copyright (c) 2020 Vilnius University Press https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-05-12 2020-05-12 21 8 21 10.15388/STEPP.2020.15 Community Social Work in Ukraine: towards the Development of New Practice Models https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/15079 <p>The reorganization of social welfare due to the decentralization reform implemented in Ukraine calls for the development and implementation of new practice models of service delivery best suited for community social work. The research is dedicated to discussion of the development of new models of community social work from a Ukrainian perspective, taking into consideration the community social work and community social service delivery concepts given in the literature and community-based practice models implemented abroad. The article reviews the major competencies social workers need to provide services within the local communities. Implications for future research in the field of community social work are addressed in the concluding part of the paper.</p> Hanna Ivanivna Slozanska Nadia Horishna Lyudmila Romanovska Copyright (c) 2020 Vilnius University Press https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-05-12 2020-05-12 21 53 66 10.15388/10.15388/STEPP.20.18 Training Needs and Preferences of Social Workers Providing Services to Migrant Children https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/14787 <p class="ISSN-abst-virsus">A recent wave of migration has brought a lot of children to the EU. Children in migration face a stronger risk of becoming victims of violence, physical or sexual abuse, and trafficking. Social workers in the receiving countries are usually the ones who most often provide services to them. The study, using focus group methodology and aiming to identify the needs of social workers for training and their training preferences in this context, was carried out in 2018, in 7 EU countries.</p> <p class="ISSN-abst-vidus">The results have shown that the main issue is the absence of specific, systemic training aimed at improving the knowledge and skills needed for work with migrants. The public or governmental institutions did not have an interest in providing such kinds of training, they were organized on an ad-hoc basis by NGOs mainly. Lack of knowledge about legal systems, the difference between the theory and practice, and the lack of practical experience working with migrant minors were named by participants as the main gaps that need improvement.</p> Jurga Mataitytė-Diržienė Vaida Ališauskaitė Copyright (c) 2020 Vilnius University Press https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-05-12 2020-05-12 21 40 52 10.15388/STEPP.2020.17 Elderly Attitudes on the Continuity of Working Careers https://www.journals.vu.lt/STEPP/article/view/16563 <p class="ISSN-abst-vidus">This article analyses the elderly attitudes on the continuity of working careers in different sectors of the labour market. It discusses theoretical approaches and the determining factors of older people participation in the labour market. Attention is drawn to the impact they have in different labour market sectors.</p> <p class="ISSN-abst-vidus">The investigation was carried out in primary quantitative data analysis. The factors of participation in different labour market sectors were analysed using the data of the European Working Conditions Survey (2015). Primary data are treated with the statistical software package (SPSS). Data analysis includes frequency distribution, cross-tabulation, chi-square tests, factor analysis, and logistic regression methods.</p> <p class="ISSN-abst-vidus">The research results shown that in Lithuania, three quarters of the elderly want to pursue a professional career, but attitudes vary across sectors. Logistic regression models showed that job and health satisfaction is particularly important for all sectors. Gender is important in agriculture, hotels, and education. In the financial, public administration, education and health services, the role of education plays an important role and increases the attitudes of working longer. Harmful factors identified during the study had an impact on four branches. Psychologically challenging conditions have affected the financial and educational sectors, harmful substances and physically demanding working conditions affect the attitudes of workers in the manufacturing sector, and harmful feelings affect the agricultural sector workers.</p> Violeta Vilkoitytė Daiva Skučienė Copyright (c) 2020 Vilnius University Press https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2020-05-12 2020-05-12 21 22 39 10.15388/STEPP.2020.16