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Oșvat C., Aspects Reagrding the Quality of Life in the Families of Children with Disabilities (Aspecte privind calitatea vieții în familiile copiilor cu dizabilități). ClujNapoca: Presa Universitară Clujeană, 2012, 209 p.

posted Jan 30, 2018, 7:23 AM by Smaranda Cioban   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 8:44 AM ]

Aurelia Șerfezi
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Online first;
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
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Arndt C., The Electoral Consequences of Third Way Welfare State Reforms: Social Democracy’s Transformation and its Political, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013, 220 p.

posted Jan 30, 2018, 7:09 AM by Smaranda Cioban   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 8:42 AM ]

Pamela L. Fox
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Online first;
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
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Suffer to Survive: The Indonesian Illegal Workers Experiences in Malaysia and Japan

posted Jan 30, 2018, 6:47 AM by Smaranda Cioban   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 8:39 AM ]

Ali Maksum1 & Surwandono
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Online first
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
Abstract: This article departs from the reality that many Indonesian workers have been sentenced to the court and charged under the immigration act due to illegal work and overstay. Subsequently, Malaysian government, for instance, has made some arrests and mass-deportation, while all illegal workers were prosecuted and sentenced before their deportation. In other words, the illegal worker in Malaysia especially from Indonesia were arrested and treated as a criminal. Interestingly International Organization for Migration (IOM) listed Malaysia as one of the dangerous places for migrant workers. In contrast to this, Japan is one of the country with lowest risk of forced labour. This article urges readers to engage in a reflection on the trend and dynamics of the Indonesian illegal workers in Malaysia and Japan, while the Indonesian government incessantly take advantages from their large remittance. This is a qualitative research supplemented by semi-structured interviews with some key respondents especially who have experiences and expertise on Indonesian illegal workers. Systematically, the discussion of this article is divided into five sections, namely, history of Indonesian migrant workers, Indonesian illegal workers in Malaysia, Indonesian illegal workers in Japan, the struggles and conclusion. The gained empirical data revealed that Indonesian workers have their own perspectives and reasons pertaining the illegal workers’ issues. 
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Pornography Use: Its Impact on Heterosexual Men's Lives & Romantic Relationship

posted Jan 30, 2018, 6:25 AM by Smaranda Cioban   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 8:37 AM ]

Veediasha Bekaroo1, Smita Rampat & Naushad Namode Khan
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Online first
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
Abstract: The effect of pornography use on heterosexual men’s levels of investment in their romantic relationship was investigated in this study. 180 males aged 18 - 29 years responded to the Pornography Use Scale, Pornography Consumption Effect Scale (PCES), and Investment Model Scale. Correlation analyses showed that frequency of pornography use was positively related to problematic use of pornography (r= .59, p<.01), and self-perceived overall negative effects of pornography consumption (r= .22, p< .01), but negatively associated with self-perceived overall positive effects of pornography consumption (r= -.31, p<.01). Linear regression analyses demonstrated that frequency of pornography use lowered satisfaction levels (R2=.052, F(1, 178) = 10.73, β= -.238, p<.01), investment size (R2=.039, F(1, 178) = 8.245, β= -.210, p<.01) and commitment levels (R2=.032, F(1, 178) = 6.926, β= -.194, p<.05), but heightened the quality of alternatives (R2=.130, F(1, 178) = 27.832, β= .368, p<.01) of men in their romantic relationships. 
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Social Communications of Regional Command Unit of Indonesian National Army (TNI AD) to Strengthens the Regional Resilience in Pematangsiantar

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:47 AM by Smaranda Cioban   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 8:48 AM ]

Yusa Djuyandi1
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Online First
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
Abstract: The emergence of security problems in Pematangsiantar becomes consideration in analyzing the social communication program conducted by Satkowil (Regional Command Unit) of TNI AD (Indonesian National Army). The aim of this study is to analyze the role of social communications of Satkowil TNI AD in strengthening the security of region in Pematangsiantar. This research used qualitative methods. Primary data were collected through observation and interview techniques. The result noted that the implementation of social communication by Satkowil of TNI AD is still not going well. From the indicator of more intensive communication results that communication run by Satkowil of TNI AD in Pematangsiantar is still limited to formal communication and unidirectional. As an indicator of communication between the communicator and the communicant, some people assess the relationship of TNI AD, particularly noncommissioned officers who supervise village (Babinsa), with the community is insufficient. 
Keywords: Social; Communication; Satkowil; TNI AD; Security. 
1 Postal Address: Jl. Raya Bandung-Sumedang Km. 21, Jatinangor, Sumedang, Indonesia. E-mail Address: yusa.djuyandi@unpad.ac.id
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A Policy Delphi Survey towards Evidence Based Resource Allocation for Public Healthcare in the Republic of Ireland

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:32 AM by Smaranda Cioban   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 8:15 AM ]

Victor O. Alonge[1]Mary B. Codd & Liam Delaney
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Online first
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
Abstract: This paper sought to determine the understanding of an expert panel of senior personnel in the Irish public healthcare system on ways of achieving evidence based resource allocation for all components of publicly funded healthcare in the Republic of Ireland. We used a policy Delphi survey to get the opinions of the expert panel and to facilitate consensus building among them. We analysed the data with deLoe method to determine the level and direction of consensus. The panel had high consensus on many of the propositions e.g. the inadequacy of data and data sharing modalities. Furthermore, the panel agreed on the amendment of the Data Protection Act (1988, 2003) to allow obligatory inclusion in healthcare databases of persons in receipt of publicly funded healthcare services. The results demonstrate the disposition of expert panel on the need for a change to an evidence based resource allocation formula, and the feasibility of its implementation.
Keywords: Evidence Based; Public Healthcare; Resource Allocation; Policy Delphi..
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Creating Global Cities of Refuge: Moonshot Innovation for Refugee Well-Being

posted Jan 22, 2018, 3:54 AM by Sergiu Baltatescu   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 11:19 PM ]

Timothy P. Hagen 1

Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 1, Online first
Date: July 2017
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: The current international refugee regime is well-intended yet tragically inadequate in response to the growing number of refugees. The situation of refugees in protracted refugee situations (PRS) is particularly concerning, as refugees in PRS often face severe restrictions on freedoms of work and mobility. In response, this paper adds to a growing literature calling for innovative, “moonshot” solutions to the refugee crisis and argues that a network of world-class cities and a form of sanctuary citizenship should be developed to provide a durable solution at scale to the problem of massive displacement and PRS. While the paper argues that current solutions of refugee return, integration, and resettlement should still be pursued, it also argues that those solutions are not yet adequately scaled up and a further option must be sought to address the plight of refugees, particularly those in long-term encampment. The paper responds to anticipated objections and seeks to change the narrative of refugees from being a burden, unwanted, and a threat to being valued individuals and communities who can contribute to their own prosperity, peace, and the larger human community.

Keywords: Refugee; Cities of Refuge; Innovation; Durable Solutions; Protracted; Sustainable. 

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Algerian Children’s Perceptions of their Rights and their Self-Reported Personal and Contextual Experiences

posted Jun 30, 2017, 12:47 AM by Naomi Naghi   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 1:05 PM ]

Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 7, Issue: 2, Pp. 93-108
Date: December 2016
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: This research explored the relationships between the knowledge and the perceptions of children of their rights with their self-reported personal and contextual experiences. In its first part accomplishments in the area of child rights of the country of Algeria are discussed. Then, the results of a field study are presented. They concerned children of 5th grade primary and 1st year Middle schools (N=962, Mean age: 11.76, SD: 1.18, age range: 09–17 years). Measures consisted of an adapted version of an international survey questionnaire measuring children’s subjective well-being and ecological contexts in childhood and adolescence. Results indicate that less than half of the students know what children’s rights are with a marginal difference favouring girls, one third have heard of the International Convention on Child Rights (CRC) and also less than half of the respondents agree that adults respect children’s rights. Other demographic characteristics (age, family financial status, and absenteeism from school) have marginal to no deferential effect on children’s rights perspectives.

Correlations between the personal and contextual factors of well-being were found high but negative with being victim of bullying. Regression analyses indicate initially a predictive power of age and adult’s respect of children’s rights. The effects of these two factors remained strong when other contextual and personal factors were entered in the equation. The paper concluded that satisfaction with life, happiness, and well-being of children was conditioned with the improvement of diverse contextual and relational aspects of their lives. Adapted intervention strategies have been recommended towards the improvement of children’s lives in general.

 Keywords: Children’s Rights; CRC; Child Legislation; Child Well-Being; Contextual Factors of Well-Being; Personal Factors of Well-Being; Algerian Children.

 

 





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The Discourse on the Unemployment of People over 45 Years Old in Times of Crisis. A Study of Spanish Blogs

posted Jun 26, 2017, 1:24 AM by Naomi Naghi   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 12:55 AM ]

Diana Amber1 & Jesus Domingo
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 7, Issue: 2, pp. 63-78
Date: December 2016
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: Unemployed people over 45 years old are an especially vulnerable group. The support, employment and training measures designed for them are insufficient, which has produced a problematic social situation that has been silenced by the traditional media. Nonetheless, blogs offer new means of expression with alternative discourses that show the harshness of this reality. To understand this situation, Spanish training and employment blogs that address this topic have been selected and analyzed. The sample corresponds to the set of blogs that, in the opinion of a team of experts, have been rated as the most significant and relevant. They used a Delphi technique to select them, and all of the material was studied by means of discourse analysis.
The study critically examines the different types of discourse on the topic. Diverse personal typologies have been found based on the different ways this collective understands, experiences and deals with the situation of unemployment, revealing the need for both a flexible view and a broad range of measures adapted to the distinct profiles and life situations.

Keywords: Blogs; Social Networks; Unemployment; People over 45 Years Old; Social Disadvantage.




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The Political Dynamics of Social Security Policy in Thailand before 1990

posted Jun 26, 2017, 1:15 AM by Naomi Naghi   [ updated Jun 30, 2017, 12:55 AM ]

Wichuda Satidporn1Stithorn Thananithichot 
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 7, Issue: 2, pp. 79-92
Date: December 2016
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: The policy aiming to provide the basic needs for private workers that are retired, unemployed, or unemployable due to a disability or disadvantage, the so-called social security policy, was introduced for several times in Thailand since this country began its democratization process in 1932. However, the Social Security Act was enacted and effectively in force in September 1990. Why the attempt to initiate and/or implement social security policy before 1990 succeeded or failed in Thailand? Relying on the theoretical approach that views the state as a social relation, this paper argues that social security policy has not been initiated by one particular government either in response to the demand or support of the employers or social movements, nor even the interests of the government or one particular state agency itself. Rather, the development of social security policy in a particular time was part of a broader effort to deal with and manage the tensions and conflicts that have emerged as a result of Thailand’s capitalist transition.

Keywords: State as a Social Relation; Social Security Policy; Capital Role of the State; Thailand.



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