Socialinė teorija, empirija, politika ir praktika <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="">Journal Policy</a>.&nbsp;</p> Experiences of Social Entrepreneurship Pioneers in Lithuania <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 2020-06-08 2020-06-08 21 8 25 10.15388/STEPP.2020.20 Editorial Board <p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Laimutė Žalimienė Copyright (c) 2020 Authors 2020-06-08 2020-06-08 21 1 5 Social Inequalities in Health: Outcomes of Children’s Cochlear Implantation in Lithuania <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 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 <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 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 <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 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 <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 2020-05-12 2020-05-12 21 40 52 10.15388/STEPP.2020.17 Elderly Attitudes on the Continuity of Working Careers <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 2020-05-12 2020-05-12 21 22 39 10.15388/STEPP.2020.16 Editorial Board and Table of Contents <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Laimutė Žalimienė Copyright (c) 2020 Authors 2020-05-12 2020-05-12 21 1 7 Social and Academic Segregation in the Education Systems of the New EU Member States <p>This article presents a comparative analysis of the educational systems of EU countries, exploring them from a socioeconomic perspective with a special focus on new EU member states. The research question was whether post-socialist countries, in terms of social and academic segregation, are moving toward a separate educational “regime,” or whether they are currently approaching either the Scandinavian, Continental, Anglo-Saxon, or Mediterranean model. Segregation was analyzed according to performance scores in science and economics, social and cultural status, and hierarchical regression was employed in analyzing PISA 2015 data. Results indicate that post-socialist EU member states, in terms of academic and social segregation, do not form a separate “educational regime.”</p> Dovilė Stumbrienė Audronė Jakaitienė Rimantas Želvys Copyright (c) 2019 Authors 2019-09-16 2019-09-16 21 8 25 10.15388/STEPP.2019.8 Tax Morale and Public Sector Revenues in Baltic Countries <p>This article investigates issues behind households’ tax payment morale, theoretical and practical aspects of the tax payment gap, and its impact on public sector revenue in Baltic countries. The attitude of households on tax payment is assessed quantitatively by employing a dichotomous logit-probit regression analysis. The tax payment gap among Baltic households has been investigated by applying a “macro approach,” the main components of which are the shadow economy and the total tax rate. The effect of any hypothetical changes in tax morale is assessed by applying social accounting matrixes, which are based on national account data and allow to keep the economy balanced at all time. The results presented in this research suggest that taxes uncollected from households constitute nearly one fifth of total general government revenues and count nearly one tenth of the nominal GDP. Measures applied to strengthening tax morale positively contribute to public sector revenue and in general to the economy, though they should be applied gradually.</p> Virgilijus Rutkauskas Copyright (c) 2019 Authors 2019-09-16 2019-09-16 21 26 43 10.15388/STEPP.2019.9