Projects & Grants

Internal Grant Competition DGC
START-UP grant

Authenticity of social workers working with vulnerable children and their families and its relations with selected concepts in the practice of social work
Project IdSGS02/ÚVAFM/2019
Main solverdoc. Mgr. et Mgr. Kateřina Mikulcová, Ph.D.
Period1/2019 - 12/2019
ProviderSpecifický VŠ výzkum
AnotationSocial workers are expected to be able to cope with the emotions of their clients, to be able to regulate their emotions and behavior; and at the same time to be congruent in the performance of their practice. Authenticity, as the feeling of trueness to yourself in the conditions of today's complex society, becomes an ideal and a task in the practice of social work. The main objective of the research is to analyze and understand the authenticity of social workers working with vulnerable children and to find out the relationship between authenticity and other concepts for a given target group. Within the project we choose a sequential combination of qualitative and quantitative research strategy. Qualitative research will consist of repeated in-depth interviews with communication partners selected through intentional critical selection. Data will be processed using A. Clarke's situational analysis. As part of a quantitative research strategy, we will examine the relationship between authenticity and selected concepts of social work practice, namely the ability of reflexivity, self-regulation and work performance in the roles of a social worker. The data collection technique will be an online questionnaire survey for the target group of research. Within the research, we have identified ideological hypotheses that will be further expanded within the framework of the cyclicality of qualitative research. Data will be processed using selected statistical methods. As part of the project, we plan to present data at international conferences and consult with an internationally recognized situational analysis expert (A. Clarke), which will reinforce: a) publication results of the project; b) implications for the practice of social work; c) sustainability of project outcomes and outputs through the development of competences of research team members.