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Characteristics and management of support groups and self-help groups for blind and visually impaired persons

Marsela Zlodej (2017) Characteristics and management of support groups and self-help groups for blind and visually impaired persons. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    This thesis deals with self-help groups and support groups for persons with visual impairments, operating in Slovenia, within the Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia and other associated groups throughout the country. Persons with visual impairments come across many obstacles and difficulties on daily basis. One of the biggest barrier exposed both by professionals as well as by people with visual impairments, is poor social network and consequently high probability of social isolation and lack of interpersonal relationships. The study of this rapidly evolving phenomenon starts from the outside, which we used also in the following thesis. We made use of the questionnaires, which we utilize on eight group leaders of self-help or support groups and five in-depth interviews of group leaders who operate in the inter-municipal organizations of blind and visually impaired in Slovenia. We wanted to get a broader picture, and then carry out in-depth interviews with group leaders who were willing to cooperate. Our interest was to learn how the structure of self-help groups for the blind and partially sighted people looks like, the experiences and reasons for guiding these groups, and how leaders separate and define self-help groups and support groups. This thesis contains a qualitative research approach, and represents an introduction to research of self-help groups and support groups for persons with visual impairments in Slovenia.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: blind and visually impairments people, self-help groups, support groups, group leaders
    Number of Pages: 79
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tina RunjićMentor
    asist. dr. Ingrid Žolgar JerkovičComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11657545)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 4593
    Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2017 10:09
    Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 10:09
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/4593

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