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Vol. 7, No. 2, December

Why People Become Teachers: A Case of Teachers at a Rural Secondary School
IntroductionThere have been studies done in recent years on why people join teaching (Alexander, Chant & Cox, 1994; Kyriacou, Hultgren & Stephens, 1999). Research on why people become teachers has mainly been done in Western countries like United...
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Assessing the Predictors of Political Engagement among Northern Irish Youth
IntroductionThe precept that a politically engaged society is an essential characteristic of a 'healthy' democratic society drives this study. This report is interested in exploring the political engagement of Northern Irish youth and the factors that...
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The Political Dynamics of Social Security Policy in Thailand before 1990
IntroductionThailand has been an upper-middle income economy since 2011, with a per capita GDP of US$ 5,816.4 in 2015 (The World Bank, 2016). With a well-developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, and generally pro-investment policies, the...
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Guidebook for Sociology and Social Work on the Labor Market (Ghid Orientativ Sociologie-Asisten?a Sociala PE Pia?a Muncii)
Hatos A. (Ed.). Guidebook for Sociology and Social Work on the Labor Market (Ghid Orientativ Sociologie-Asistenta Sociala pe piata muncii). Cluj-Napoca: Presa Universitara Clujeana, 2015, 177p.Book reviewPublished in the context of a real crisis at the...
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Algerian Children's Perceptions of Their Rights and Their Self-Reported Personal and Contextual Experiences
IntroductionThis paper addresses the issue of children's rights in the country of Algeria, which is yet a developing country. In this country, children under 15 years of age represented 28.1% in 2013, increasing from 27.9% in 2012 (ONS, 2013), while...
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The Discourse on the Unemployment of People over 45 Years Old in Times of Crisis. A Study of Spanish Blogs
Presentation and justification of the research problemThe economic crisis that Spain is still experiencing has caused 5,891,998 people to register in unemployment offices, according to the January statistics from the National Public Employment Service...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, July

Return to (Un)Happiness? Subjective Response of Romanians to Economic Crisis and Government Interventions between 2009 and 2012
IntroductionThe violent end of Ceausescu's regime in December 1989, gave rise to very high hopes for the Romanian population. Seen themselves as liberated from communism and plunged into democracy, citizens expected a very fast transformation that would...
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Validity of the Construct of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Its Measure in Post-Socialistic Region: A Case of the Czech Republic
Introduction"Authoritarianism is something authoritarian followers and authoritarian leaders cook up between themselves. It happens when the followers submit too much to the leaders, trust them too much, and give them too much leeway to do whatever they...
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Understanding Well-Being. Review of European Literature 1995-2014
IntroductionThe objective of this paper is to learn how well-being is defined and used in the European social science literature.The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as a state "of wellbeing in which the individual realizes his or...
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Comparative Research on Teacher Education
Pusztai, G., & Engler, A. (Eds.). Comparative Research on Teacher Education. Ruzomberok: Verbum, 2014, 173 p.Education has been and will always be a hot topic both for professionals, those directly involved in the act of education or educational...
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Vol. 6, No. 2, December

Social Protection Policymaking in Nepal
IntroductionLittle is known about social protection policy making in Nepal (Koehler & Khatiwada, 2014). Social protection, is better known as 'welfare' or 'social security' in high-income countries.2 It encompasses social assistance, social security,...
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The Assessment of Subjective Well-Being in Young Children: Strengths and Challenges
IntroductionImportant steps have been taken in recent years to obtain knowledge regarding children's subjective well-being (SWB). Some instruments have been specifically developed for children and adolescents, such as Huebner's (1991) Student's Life...
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Cooperation Characteristics of the Public and Civil Sectors That Endeavor to Eliminate Social Inequalities
IntroductionThis study aims to present the relations of the public and civil sectors that endeavor to eliminate social inequalities, primarily, as it describes the relational characteristics of the civil organizations, civilians and the local government....
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Ecological, Relationship-Based Model of 12-Year-Old Children’s Subjective Well-Being in the United States and Ten Other Countries
IntroductionChildren's subjective well-being is comprised of children's self-assessment of their own lives, and it is an important indicator of developmental health and well-being (Ben-Arieh, 2010; Casas et al., 2013; Kamerman, Phipps, & Ben-Arieh,...
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Teacher Education Case Studies in Comparative Perspective. Debrecen: Center for Higher Education Research and Development - Hungary
Pusztai G., & Engler, A. (Eds.). Teacher Education Case Studies in Comparative Perspective. Debrecen: Center for Higher Education Research and Development - Hungary, 2014, 184 p.Gabriella Pusztai and Agnes Engler show a constant and a remarkable...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, July

Elementary and Secondary Education in America: Using Induction and Correlation to Evaluate Public Policies and Student Outcomes
IntroductionThis study asks an important question: What matters with respect to elementary and secondary education in America? It attempts to answer that question using induction and correlation to evaluate public policies in terms of student outcomes....
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Belgian Germans or East-Belgians?
Main AimThe aim of this paper is to show the specificity of the perception of ethnicity of the German-speaking population living in the autonomous German-speaking community (German = Deutschsprachige Gesellschaft = DG) in Belgium. Given that the German-speaking...
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The Professionalism of Indonesian National Army in Civil-Military Relations. A Case Study in General Election 2014
IntroductionDemocracy in Indonesia is growing rapidly after entering the reformation era, where the freedom of speech is no longer the thing to be questioned and the society is given the freedom to determine their political choice at general election....
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Challenges for Inquiry and Knowledge in Social Construction of Reality
IntroductionIn the quest for knowledge, the idea of socially constructed reality, which mainly gained momentum from Luckmann (1966) book 'The Social Construction of Reality', forced influential sociologists of their times to challenge the objective nature...
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The Importance of Hermeneutic Theory in Understanding and Appreciating Interpretive Inquiry as a Methodology
IntroductionMy education and training in conducting quantitative research has shaped my understanding of how to approach this method. As I reflect upon my previous assumptions, I realize that I had previously perceived scientific studies as having greater...
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The "Black-Box" of Institutional Scores: Analyzing the Distribution of the Values of the H and G Indexes in Medicine Schools in Romania
IntroductionThe analysis of research productivity and impact in the wider context of higher education assessment in Romania has captured the attention of a series of scholars (Miroiu, Paunescu & Vîiu, 2015; Paunescu & Hâncean, 2013; Vîiu, Vlasceanu...
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In a Fulcrum: Revisiting the Conditions of Manual Scavengers in India
IntroductionThe community of scavengers in India is segregated, the inhabitation is caste based, away from other areas neither in slums nor in localities where other caste reside. There is high prevalence of chronic ailments, and annually approximately...
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Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care
P. Moule, Making Sense of Research in Nursing, Health and Social Care, SAGE, 2015, 200 p."Making sense of research in nursing, health and social care" by Pam Moule is a handbook addressed alike to specialized medical assistants, specialist researchers...
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Doing Your Literature Review. Traditional and Systematic Techniques
Jesson, J.K., Matheson, L., & Lacey, F. M., Doing Your Literature Review. Traditional and Systematic Techniques, London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2011, 192 p.Doing Your Literature Review. Traditional and Systematic Techniques, as suggested by the authors,...
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Professional Calling in Higher Education. Challenges of Teacher Education in the Carpathian Basin
Pusztai, G., & Ceglédi, T. (Eds.), Professional Calling in Higher Education. Challenges of Teacher Education in the Carpathian Basin, Oradea & Debrecen: Partium Press, Personal Problems Solution, Új Mandátum, 2015, 190 p.In the present society,...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, December

Policy Model for Appointing School Principals in Nigeria
IntroductionIn Nigeria, school administrators are appointed into principalship without a well-regulated procedure or plan which may be needed for quality and effective school leadership. This educational situation calls for a policy model for appointing...
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Expectations and Happiness: Evidence from Spain
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionThe importance of expectations on happiness is a relatively new area of research (Frijters, Liu & Meng, 2008; Senik 2008), while the study of anticipation has a relatively longer history (Loewenstein...
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Perceived Risk of Victimization in Estonia and Lithuania
IntroductionFor the past five decades, in addition to examining the extent and causes of criminal behavior, researchers directed their attention to people's subjective reaction to crime. As Gray, Jackson & Farrall (2008) noted, fear of crime has...
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Validation and Predictive Ability of the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale for the Intensive In-Home Visitation Program in Kentucky
IntroductionIn the United States, state government agencies have the mission to deliver quality services that enhance the health, safety, and wellbeing of their children. To serve this mission, family preservation programs are implemented in all states...
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Investments in Human Capital: Long-Term Effects of Progresa- Oportunidades on Poverty and Migration in Rural Mexico
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)Poverty has become an intrinsic part of rural Mexico. The Mexican government has followed different strategies in order to palliate the burden of domestic poverty. During World War I, the Mexican authorities and...
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An Experimental Investigation into the Nature of External "Roma" Categorization in Hungary
IntroductionThere is an ongoing discussion in the literature on the nature of the categorization process that results in sorting out objects and persons into groups. In case of persons, the categorization process depends on the group membership of the...
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Rural Bangladeshi Women's Experiences of Domestic Violence: An Exploratory Study
Violence against women is widely prevalent in every society and culture, and it is so common that some experts consider it a normal aspect of women's lives (Levy, 2008). On the other hand, domestic violence or violence that takes place at home accounts...
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Teachers Studying, Teachers Researching: A Possible Role of Doctoral Training in the Professional Development of Educators
IntroductionThe doctoral training of teachers may be positioned at the intersection of the relevant issues of our days. One of these is that the Bologna process defines PhD training (unified since 2011, according to European decision makers) as the third...
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Vol. 5, No. 1, July

E-Inclusion Policies for Contemporary Knowledge Economies and Societies: An Examination of the Main Issues
IntroductionThe study of technology and its impact on social and cultural life has always been an important part in many diverse scientific fields including sociology, economics, information science, and philosophy. In ancient Greece, the word "techne"...
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The Impact of Non-Response Weighting: Empirical Evidence from Modelling Residential Mobility
IntroductionThe typical size of the population in social science studies makes it impossible to collect data from every unit. A representative random sample may therefore be the best means to make inference and draw conclusions about the population of...
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Minority Languages and Multilingual Education. Bridging the Local and the Global
Gorter, D., Zenotz, V., & Cenoz, J. (Eds.), Minority languages and Multilingual Education. Bridging the local and the global, New York: Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg, 2014, 220 p.The book is a collection of research regarding the problems that children...
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From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis
Fraser, N. Fortunes of Feminism. From State-managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis. London: Verso, 2013, 248 p.The book presents the evolution of feminism from two perspectives: a historical perspective that outlines the feminist movements and feminist...
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Social Integration and Political Ideologies of the Homeless
Introduction2Our study focuses on the most vulnerable end-users of public services-the homeless.3 Too little attention has been paid to the political attitudes of the homeless and those in severe poverty. One cannot presume that mere need will cause...
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Ghana's Family Planning Program: A Neglected Policy Initiative?
IntroductionThe world's population in 2002 was estimated to be 6.2 billion; expected to be growing by 75 million per annum, with 97 percent of this increase occurring in developing countries (Goldstein & Whitworth, 2005). A disproportionate share...
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Relations between Procedural Fairness, Tax Morale, Institutional Trust and Tax Evasion
IntroductionTaxpayer's behaviour has been mainly studied as a problem of choice under uncertainty. The pure gamble model formulated by Allingham & Sandmo (1972) assumes a rational, self-interested risk-averse and amoral individual whose preferences...
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For-Profit Higher Education and Financial Aid: Are Differences Driven by Schools or Students?
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionThe terms "for-profit" and "higher education" do not seem to be at absolute odds upon first glance. Many current college students likely believe that their institution turns a yearly profit; after...
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Violent Disciplinary Practices towards Children among Caregivers in Vietnam: A Cross-Sectional Survey
BackgroundViolent discipline is a violation of a children's right to protection from all forms of violence while in the care of their parents or other caregivers. Violence against children within the family is one of the most common forms of child maltreatment....
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Vol. 4, No. 2, December

Introduction to the Special Issue: "Between Wealth and Well-Being: Consumption, Psychology and Quality of Life"
One of the most important goals that people seek to attain in their lives is happiness, or the so- called well-being. The meaning of happiness differs depending on the century, culture or country. As early as antiquity, philosophers started to discuss...
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The Duality of Wealth: Is Material Wealth Good or Bad for Well-Being?
Abstract:This paper first examines if, and how material wealth is related to the different components of subjective well-being (SWB). Greater wealth is related to higher life evaluation and, to a limited extent, higher emotional well-being (more positive...
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The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview
Abstract:Given the limitations of traditional economic indicators, several national governments and multinational organisations are investigating new measures of progress and well-being to inform policymaking, with some researchers (e.g., Layard, 2005;...
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The Effects of Power on Financial Aspirations and Expenditures in Poland and the UK
AbstractThis paper presents two experiments conducted in UK and Poland on how different positions in a hierarchy of power may affect financial aspirations and declared expenditures. The authors also tried to determine whether there are any cultural differences...
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The Relevance of Spiritual Transcendence in a Consumer Economy: The Dollars and Sense of It
Abstract:The concept of spirituality seems to contrast sharply with any discussion of our market economy: transcendent attachments versus materialistic consumption. Yet, we will argue that the two are very closely intertwined. As a basic, motivational...
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Materialism, Subjective Well-Being, and Entitlement
AbstractThe present article examines interrelationships between materialism, subjective well-being, and entitlement. Three entitlement attitudes (active, passive, and revengeful) are examined as possible outcomes of materialism, whereas subjective well-being...
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Work Schedule Flexibility: A Contributor to Happiness?
Abstract:This article contributes to knowledge regarding determinants of happiness by examining the independent role played by having discretion over one's working time, using data pooled from two years of a nationally representative US survey. Controlling...
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How Deep Should the European Union Be? A Multilevel Test of the Impact of Personal Utility, Perceived National Opportunity and Political Attitudes on the Support for EU Integration
AbstractThis article considers the public attitudes towards the further integration of European Union following the two large waves of expansion of 2004 and 2007 and before the deep economic crisis that began at the end of 2008. Testing individual and...
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Psychological Well-Being during Unemployment. A Longitudinal Study
AbstractThe investigation of the unemployment consequences is a challenging theme in current psychological research, but there is a surprising lack of data regarding the relationship between unemployment and well-being in Romania. We used the conceptual...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, July

Membership in Civic Association in Central and Eastern Europe: A Longitudinal Analysis
Abstract:This paper focuses on the trends in civic participation in ten post-communist countries from Central and Eastern Europe, trying to see which mechanism led to changes in the pattern of civic participation during the post-communist period - intra-cohort...
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Rent-Seeking as Social Policy: A UK Case Study
AbstractRent-seeking has been an important concept in economics since the 1950s but has not been sufficiently mined in the field of social policy. This paper aims to address this by employing a UK case study to illustrate the relevance of rent-seeking...
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External Validity for One-Dimensional Cumulative Scaling on Supranational Political Decision-Making
AbstractThis paper examines citizens' preferences for a supranational decision-making in 21 European countries based on the data collected from the European Social Survey (ESS). The goal of this study is twofold. The first intention is to create a one-dimensional...
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European Policy Models of Employment of People with Disabilities
AbstractThe article presents three different systems of professional activation for people with disabilities and promotion of their employment such as: the quota system, motivating employers and a system based on civil rights. The purpose of the quota...
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Reasserting Freedom? Response to the Prevent Agenda by the UK Coalition Government
AbstractIn the UK the New Labour government under Tony Blair bought into the 'War on Terror' declared by George Bush Junior in 2001 the consequences for the general public was a significant loss of civil liberties that was supposedly justified by the...
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Cultural Competency, Adaptation and Intelligence: Non-Governmental Organizations' Role in This Globalization Era
AbstractGlobalization is here. It has been forth seen. Over the last few decades, international entities, such as the United Nations, were created. Soft laws, such as the Millennium Development Goals, were developed to form global governance to oversee...
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Validity of the Push and Pull Hypothesis for the Explanation of Romanian Migration Flows
AbstractThe article focuses on the migration phenomenon from Romania to the European Union and considers the key motivations which may have shaped the decision to migrate. The research was based on statistical data provided by Eurostat. The period which...
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Students with Small Children in Higher Education
AbstractThe aim of the present study is to descript the concept of lifelong learning in the case of a special group, that of student mothers. We examined female students bringing up small children, we did research on their motivation, their difficulty...
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Aids-Orphanhood and Human Capital Development in Nigeria
AbstractThis study employs the descriptive method of analysis and growth rate to determine the effect of high number of AIDS Orphans on human capital development in Nigeria. The available facts reviewed and the result of the analysis revealed that the...
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Pathways to Education in Hungary with Public Care Background
Abstract:Hungarian child-protection system cares for 21,000 children and young adults. In the case of the children who were removed from their own family it is obvious that the professional bodies and the communities take the parental responsibilities,...
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Local Organization of Social Services in Hungary. Crises - Reactions - Changes. Studies in Comparative Social Pedagogies and International Social Work and Social Policy
Bódi, F., Fábián, G., & Lawson,T. R. (Eds.), Local Organization of Social Services in Hungary. Crises - Reactions - Changes. Studies in Comparative Social Pedagogies and International Social Work and Social Policy, Vol. XXI, Europäischer Hochschulverlag...
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Vol. 3, No. 2, December

Life Quality and Wealth: A Qualitative and Quantitative Comparison of Affluent and Poor People
AbstractIt is well-documented that afluent people, on average, have higher subjective wellbeing (SWB) than do poor people. This phenomenon has been explained using SWB homeostasis theory. However, a more precise understanding of the differences in personal...
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Subjective Wellbeing, Psychological Needs, Meaning in Life, Religious Practice and Income in the Population of Algeria
AbstractThe present study investigated the relationship between Subjective Wellbeing (Satisfaction with life (SWL), Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI), Positive Affect (PA) and Negative Affect (NA)), Psychological needs (Autonomy Competence and Relatedness),...
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Personal Well-Being among Spanish Adolescents
AbstractAlthough results from several samples of 12 to 16-year-old adolescents in Catalonia (region of N.E. Spain), obtained and published between 1999 and 2012, suggesting a constant decrease in adolescents' subjective well-being (SWB) with age, until...
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The Personal Wellbeing among Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Spain and Associated Factors
AbstractObjective: The conceptual framework of Quality of Life (QoL) allows approaching the knowledge of the living conditions of people in order to help establishing policies for QoL improvement. This study is aimed at examining the assessment made...
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Measuring Subjective Quality of Life in Czech and Slovak Nurses: Validity of the Czech and Slovak Versions of Personal Wellbeing Index
AbstractThe aim of this study was to investigate the psychometric properties of the Slovak and Czech versions of the Personal Well-being Index (PWI) in population of nurses. The sample for study consisted of 1043 hospital staffnurses from 12 hospitals...
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Mediating Factors of Personal Wellbeing in Gifted College Students: Early-College Entrants and Honors College Students
AbstractMany educational, behavioral, dietary, safety, and other factors influence the wellbeing of adolescents around the world (Currie et al., 2008). Previous studies examined multiple adolescent subpopulations, but none looked at academically advanced...
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A Validity Study of the SSP-School Inclusion Questionnaire
AbstractThe paper is based on the results of a research that aimed to identify the factors influencing school inclusion among disadvantaged students. The main outcome of the research was the development of the SSP-School Inclusion Questionnaire, intended...
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Introduction to the Special Issue "International Wellbeing Index"
The study of quality of life refers to the material (social welfare) and psychosocial (wellbeing) environments. Quality of life has been defined as a concept that implies objective and subjective dimension. The use of domains in the quality of life study...
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Remote Relationships in a Small World
Samantha Holland (Ed.), Remote Relationships in a Small World, PeterLang Publishing, 2008, 296 p.The book Remote Relationships in a Small World, edited by Samantha Holland, is presented as an international collection of scientific studies investigating,...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, July

Policy Entrepreneurs and the Design of Public Policy: The Case of the National Health Insurance Law in Israel
Abstract2How do policy entrepreneurs implement in practice the things theory suggests they should do? This article suggests various insights into the influence of policy entrepreneurs on the formulation of public policy. Using a broad definition of the...
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Acceptance of Corrupt Acts: A Comparative Study of Values regarding Corruption in Europe
AbstractThe present contribution seeks to explain variation in the degree of acceptance of corrupt acts by taking into consideration both individual characteristics and societal ones. We used a large dataset covering 43 European countries and employed...
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Is Conformity a Mediating Variable on Increased Risk-Taking Behavior across Years of Membership in the Greek System?
AbstractIn the college subculture of Greek Life, members adhere to specific rules and norms in order to remain accepted, which could be indicative of conformity. This notion raises the question: what is the role of conformity on the risk taking behaviors...
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Students' Attitudes towards Economic Growth and Income Inequalities: Does the Field of Study Matter?
AbstractA basic premise of university educators is that studying has impact on students. We examine attitudes of university students towards economic growth and income inequalities. We ask what kind of association exists between different study disciplines...
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Volunteering among Higher Education Students. Focusing on the Micro-Level Factors
Abstract:In our paper3, we intend to examine the micro-level factors affecting the volunteering of higher education students. Although several theories and research studies approach this phenomenon, a relatively small amount of studies examines the volunteering...
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Future Romanian Law Enforcement: Gender Differences in Perceptions of Police Misconduct
AbstractThis exploratory study examines gender differences in the attitudes expressed by future Romanian police officers toward hypothetical instances of police misconduct. It also observes how severely respondents think police officers' transgressions...
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The Paradox of Post-Bureaucracy: Trust Formation among State Administration Employees in Finland
AbstractThis paper discusses civil servants' trust in management under conditions of organizational change. The paper draws on a survey and qualitative interview material collected from five knowledge-intensive public sector organizations in Finland....
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Introducing Research Methodology. A Beginner's Guide to Doing a Research Project
Uwe Flick, Introducing Research Methodology. A Beginner's Guide to Doing a Research Project, Sage Publications, 2011, 296 p.As the title suggests, Flick's book provides the reader an introduction to research methodology, presenting in a friendly manner...
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The Values of Volunteering. Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Paul Dekker & Loek Halman (Eds.), The Values of Volunteering. Cross- Cultural Perspectives, Kluver Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow, 2003, 226 p.Although volunteering is an age-old social phenomenon, its theoretical...
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Teaching Quantitative Methods. Getting the Basics Right
GeoffPayne & Malcolm Williams (Eds.), Teaching Quantitative Methods. Getting the Basics Right, Sage, London, 2011, 187 p.The volume at hand - Teaching Quantitative Methods. Getting the Basics Right, edited by GeoffPayne and Malcolm Williams - is...
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Theory Construction and Model-Building Skilss. A Practical Guide for Social Scientist
James Jaccard & Jacob Jacoby (Eds.), Theory Construction and Model- Building Skilss. A Practical Guide for Social Scientist. New York: The Guilford Press, 2010, 391 p.1Using multivariate statistics is a must if we want to adequately grasp the complexity...
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Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and Their Children
Joanna Dreby, Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and Their Children. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2010, 336 p.Divided by Borders is an insightful ethnographic research looking at low-skilled Mexican migrants who go to the US and their...
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