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Eva Hejzlarová

Self-Help and Support Groups in the Czech Republic: Survey, Risks of Further Evolution and Policy Measures


Self-help and support groups as a scientific topic are underestimated in the Czech Republic. The paper thus aims to describe the situation self-help and support groups are in via an internet research. The research included cca 2 000 social services providers and organisations identified by internet broker. A more detailed focus was put on 111 support or self-help groups. Then terminology, thematic typology and institutional background are considered. Finally, the risks of further evolution of self-help and support groups are identified and the appropriate policy measures are proposed.


self-help groups, support groups, social work, Czech Republic, typology

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