Volunteering and mutual aid in health and social care in the Czech Republic as an example of active citizenship.

Abstract

This article informs about recent research findings on voluntary and mutual aid in the Czech Republic with a special attention paid to formal volunteering in health and social care. The data suggest that public involvement is comparable to middle-frequency experienced in European countries. In this respect, volunteering is higher in the Czech Republic than in other former Eastern European countries and is an evidence of a successful and rapid restoration of the civic sector. New patterns of volunteering featured by planning, coordination, and contracting have spread out being strongly supported by national and EU policy measures. Managerial patterns of volunteering are dominating in health and social care institutions. Volunteering in health and social care is firmly motivated by emotional altruism; however, reciprocal (instrumental) and normative motivations are also present, though to a lesser extent compared to other sectors of volunteer activities. In the managerial pattern of volunteering altruism is balanced with personal gains and benefits for those who volunteer. Volunteering is deeply embedded in a civic, humanitarian paradigm instead of a religious faith and duty.

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@article{Kov2012VolunteeringAM, title={Volunteering and mutual aid in health and social care in the Czech Republic as an example of active citizenship.}, author={Eva Kř{\'i}{\vz}ov{\'a}}, journal={Central European journal of public health}, year={2012}, volume={20 2}, pages={110-5} }