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Porodični odnosi i funkcije socijalno ugroženih porodica u savremenom srpskom društvu – studija slučaja
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Author(s): Snežana Stojšin, Ljupka Mandić
Subject(s): Family and social welfare
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Новом Саду
Keywords: family functions; poverty; socially endangered; method of case study; qualitative research

Summary/Abstract: The basic hypothesis of this research indicates the existence of differences in the relations and family functions in socially endangered families in comparison to the theoretically established relations and functions in the majority of families in the contemporary Serbian society. The framework for studying this problem was the method of case study and reliance on a large number of sources of data such as deep interviews, files of the Social Services of the city of Novi Sad, the informants’ letters, interviews with social workers, reports of people in charge of cases, statistical data, etc. The paper analyzes seven different socially endangered families, their life histories and ways of establishing family functions. The research shows that family functions have not been fully accomplished and that some functions did not exist at all. These are most frequently the economic function and the function of child protection. Economic inactivity, reliance on social welfare, and occasional participation in the grey economy are typical for the majority of socially endangered families. ot performing the economic function greatly affects the performance of other family functions as well. The research has indicated that different patterns of behavior and not performing functions are surely a result of the constant reliance on the programmes of social welfare of socially endangered families. These programmes in no way represent a permanent solution of existential problems of socially endangered families, which is the greatest misconception of the users of these programmes. Contrary to general beliefs, they influence the passivization of family members and prevent changes in distancing from the poverty culture. The examples of families who “solved” their financial problems indicate that economic factors are in the majority of cases crucial for normal functioning of families. It seems that solving financial problems represents an incentive for performing other family functions.

  • Issue Year: 42/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 411-425
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Serbian