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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Šedienė, Polina;Laskevičiūtė, Eurika;Pivorienė, Jolanta
Title: Epilepsija sergančių asmenų patirtys darbo rinkoje ir socialinės pagalbos galimybės
Other Title: Persons’ with epilepsy experience in the labour market and possibilities for social support
Is part of: Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai, 2017, nr. 20(2), p. 99-115
Date: 2017
Keywords: Epilepsija;Pasirengimas įsidarbinti;Įsidarbinimo patirtys;Santykis su darbdaviais;Socialinė pagalba epilepsija sergantiems asmenims;Epilepsy;Readiness for employment;Employment experience;Relations with employees;Social support for persons with epilepsy
Abstract: Straipsnio tikslas – pristatyti epilepsija sergančių asmenų įsidarbinimo patirčių tyrimą ir socialinės pagalbos galimybes. Tyrimu siekiama išsiaiškinti, kaip įgyvendinama teisė į darbą iš epilepsija sergančių asmenų perspektyvos, tiriant jų subjektyvią įsidarbinimo patirtį. Tyrimo duomenų analizė atskleidžia epilepsija sergančių asmenų motyvaciją dirbti, ligos slėpimo fenomeną, dalyvavimo darbo pokalbyje išgyvenimus, santykius su darbdaviais bei socialinės pagalbos poreikį.
The goal of the article is to reveal the extent to which the right to work is implemented for persons with epilepsy by investigating their subjective experience. The article is based on qualitative research methodology. As a result of criterion-based sampling, research participants were selected based on the following criteria: diagnosis of epilepsy, episodes of attacks, 30-40 years old, and experience in the labor market. Five research participants were interviewed. By using content analysis of qualitative data, three categories with subcategories were formulated: motivation (high motivation for employment, demotivating factors), experience in the labour market (negative emotions during the job interview, hiding the illness, consequences of hiding the illness, stress about a possible attack at work), relations with employees (expectations towards employees, stigmatized attitude of employees, stereotypical thinking, necessity for individualized relations). Research data shows that persons with epilepsy have high motivation for job searching and attempting to stay in labour market, because they want financial stability, safety and inclusion in social life. However, despite high motivation, it is difficult for them to find work and remain in the labour market. The main demotivating factors are painful experience during job interviews and unadapted working conditions and environment. Persons with epilepsy experience negative emotions during job interviews, they hide their illness from the employers for as long as possible, but even after revealing it they constantly feel the stress about a possible attack. They worry that they will not receive the necessary support during an attack at work and the employers will develop negative attitudes toward them because of the illness. Research participants have clear and specific expectations for the employers, but they feel stigmatized and stereotyped by them. Persons with epilepsy would like to have individualized approach to their situation and adjustment of working conditions to their abilities. Social workers could facilitate the integration of persons with epilepsy into the labour market by providing social support and consulting, informing and training the employees and the employers.
Appears in Collections:Socialinis darbas. Patirtis ir metodai / Social Work. Experience and Methods 2017, nr. 20 (2)

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