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The EU framework to enhance Minimum Income Schemes after the crisis: the case of Spain

posted Jun 14, 2018, 4:11 AM by Smaranda Cioban   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 4:20 AM ]

Laura Gómez Urquijo1
Journal of Social Research & Policy
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Date: June 2018
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)
Abstract: Abstract:In this article we inquire about coherence of the current EU framework to impulse Minimum Income Schemes in Member States to contribute to social inclusion objectives. To answer this question, first, we will revise the current EU provisions to define and monitor income policies at a national level. In order to assess the influence of the EU framework in enhancing a minimum scheme policy in Member States, we will contrast this framework with the diversity of systems at national level and, in particular, at regional level in the specific case of Spain. 
Keywords: Minimum income; social policy; European Union, inclusion; Spain
1 Postal Address: Avda. Universidades 24, 48005, Bilbao, Spain.  E-mail Address: laura.gomez@deusto.es
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Alcohol Use, Abuse and its Psychosocial and Economic Impact in India

posted May 2, 2018, 12:34 AM by Smaranda Cioban

Srinath Ramamurty1& Sendilvelan Subramanian
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 2, Online first
Date: May 2018
ISSN: 1-8 (electronic)
Abstract Analyses of the economic impact of alcohol use, abuse, and dependence can provide important information to policymakers and program planners charged with making decisions about resource allocation. Such studies can be a useful indicator for the magnitude of a health care problem and how that problem compares with others. The study was conducted in Nemam, which is one of the field practice area of Sri Ramachandra Medical University. Males of 18 years and above in each panchayat were given unique numbers. From these unique numbers, the required numbers of males calculated as per Probability Proportion to sampling method. The individuals who were randomly selected by the above method were contacted in person and the study was explained to them. This study gave an opportunity to assess the various levels of drinking prevailing in a rural community and portray the psycho-social and economic burden faced by the drinker. The current alcohol intervention programs mainly concentrate on the alcohol dependents and abusers. There is very little or no alcohol policy which focuses on the normal drinkers or the transition stage drinkers, intervention policies in the primary care level which will diagnose the alcoholics at the earliest stage and make way for effective management


KeywordsPrevalence of Alcoholism; Psychological Menace; Social Consequences; Economic Burden.
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The effect of campus environment on students’ health behaviour in four Central European countries

posted May 1, 2018, 8:42 AM by Smaranda Cioban   [ updated May 2, 2018, 12:28 AM ]

Gabriella Pusztai1, Karolina Eszter Kovacs, Klara Kovacs & Beata Erika Nagy
Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 8, Issue: 2, Online first
Date: May 2018
ISSN: 1-14 (electronic)
Abstract The results of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (Espad Group, 2016) indicate that substance use among Hungarian students enrolled in the public education ranks on the top in Europe as the incidence of smoking and binge drinking is increasing. At the same time, international research states that the youth in the CentralEuropean countries surrounding Hungary (Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine) show better results in more aspects (Hibell et al, 2012). The results of Kopp (2012) justify these findings among Hungarian adults as well. However, we do not have explicit comparable data among university students. In the present study, we try to cover up the blank spaces of the previous studies. Firstly, we focus on the -students enrolled in higher education. Secondly, we measure the special character of minority students, as in the neighbour countries of Hungary there are Hungarian minority students, as well. In our investigation, we point out that students learning in the same higher educational campuses create a health behaviour interpretive community and their effects often overwrite the individual protective and risk factors. 


Keywords: Health-Risk Behaviour; Higher Education; Added Value.
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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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