On 15th of March, 2021 Kristina Senkuvienė will defend her doctoral dissertation entitled “Support for large families in Lithuania: Challenges and Situation in the Context of the European Union”.

The doctoral dissertation was carried out at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre in 2014–2020 in accordance with the right granted to Kaunas University of Technology, the Lithuanian Social Research Centre (at the present day Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences) and Vytautas Magnus University (2019 February 22, order No. V-160, amendment – 2021 January 18, order No. V-75).

Under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania 11 November 2020 resolution No. 1260 due to reorganization of the Lithuanian Social Research Centre, the Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics and the Law Institute of Lithuania into the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, from 1 January 2021 the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences took over the rights and obligations of the Lithuanian Social Research Centre, the Law Institute of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics.

Scientific supervisor:
Chief researcher dr. Jolanta Aidukaitė (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Sociology, S 005).

The dissertation will be defended at the Council of Sociology of Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences and Kaunas University of Technology.

Chairman:
Prof. dr. Audronė Telešienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social Sciences, Sociology, S 005).

Members:

  • Chief researcher dr. Laimutė Žalimienė (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Sociology, S 005);
  • Senior researcher dr. Kristina Šliavaitė (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Sociology, S 005);
  • Dr. Aiva Jasilionienė (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Social Sciences, Sociology, S 005);
  • Prof. dr. Aušra Maslauskaitė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social Sciences, Sociology, S 005).

The official defence of the dissertation will be held at the online meeting of the Council of Sociology at 11:00 a.m. on 15 March 2021 in Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences. Interested participants can register via email to moksline.sekretore@lstc.lt. Please note that the event will be held in Lithianian.

Annotation

The aim of the dissertation is to evaluate support for large families in Lithuania, revealing its problems and situation in the context of the European Union countries, based on the classic typologies of welfare state and family policy models.
The first chapter is devoted to the theoretical basis of the dissertation – it consists of the family policy paradigm: the concept, goals and significance of family policy, welfare state and family policy models, family support measures, peculiarities of family policy in Lithuania and other European Union countries are analysed.
The second chapter is devoted to the peculiarities of large families as a social group: the concept and significance of large families, the phenomenon of stigmatization of large families, the need for and impact of support, as well as support measures for large families in Lithuania are analysed.
The third chapter presents a research carried out by the author using the method of comparative analysis: family policy is analysed and compared, as well as support for large families in the countries of the European Union, grouped by types of family policy.
The fourth chapter is devoted to the empirical research of support for large families in Lithuania: based on the data of interviews with experts – leaders of organizations uniting large families – the support provided to large families in Lithuania and the resulting problems are analysed.
The dissertation ends with integrated conclusions summarizing the results of both researches conducted by the author and proposals based on them.