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The Thorn Birds - more than trivial literature
Valentina Uplaznik Tičić, 2011, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: The diploma paper focuses on the Australian author Colleen McCullough and her and most famous novel The Thorn Birds. First, the term popular literature is explained, its history and development through the years. Colleen McCullough’s life and its features reflected in her works are presented. She is introduced as the writer of many genres and even her biggest critics do not oppose it. The diploma paper focuses on her most famous novel, The Thorn Birds. It has been sold in many copies, translated into many world languages and is today still one of the most frequently borrowed library books. The author earned the world fame with it. It is considered as the popular literature. However, in this diploma paper the main thesis is that it is more than that and many examples from the novel itself are provided as proofs. The author takes us to many parts of the world and she describes them in much detail, especially the Australian Outback. She shows great knowledge of the Catholic Church, its system and the Church requirements of its priests. Symbols and metaphors are used sparingly, but effectively. Based on the novel, the miniseries was shot. The differences and the similarities with the novel are also presented in this diploma paper.
Keywords: popular literature, Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds, family saga, Catholic Church, forbidden love, Australian Outback, style and structure of the novel, TV miniseries
Published: 20.07.2011; Views: 2153; Downloads: 130
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A test of Self-Control Theory across different socioeconomic strata
Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Rudi Klanjšek, 2008, original scientific article

Abstract: The current investigation examined the relationships between family processes, self-control, and adolescent deviance in a sample of N = 3,764 Swiss male and female youth pursuing an apprenticeship (lower SES) or attending a Gymnasium/teacher's college (higher SES). Participants completed a questionnaire that included measures of family processes, self-control, and deviant behaviors. Results indicated that self-control predicted adolescent deviance in both groups, and that direct and indirect effects existed in the relationships between family processes, self-control, and deviance. Findings provided evidence of comparatively few differences in the observed associations by SES, though the magnitude of the positive effect by low self-control on deviance was more modest in male apprentices as compared to non-apprentices. Findings are discussed in terms of the implications for Self-Control Theory.
Keywords: sociology, adolescents, deviations, family, self-control, self-control theory, socioeconomic strata
Published: 07.06.2012; Views: 821; Downloads: 86
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Family members' involvement in elder care provision in nursing homes and their considerations about financial compensation: A qualitative study
Ana Habjanič, Majda Pajnkihar, 2013, original scientific article

Abstract: The aim of this studz was to establish how familz members are involved in elder care provision in nursing homes; this included research into their feelings about potentiallz extending their involvement to obtain financial benefits as compensation for high accommodation costs. Familz members remain involved in the caring process after their relatives have been admitted to an institution. On average, accommodation costs in nursing homes in Slovenia haverisen above the residentsʼ retirement pension, and families must supplement the difference. Because of this, familial involvement should be linked to reduced accommodation costs. This research emplozed a non-experimental, descriptive studz design through unstructured interviews. Participants included fiftz familz members (n = 50) who visit their relatives in nursing homes. Data were collected in 2010 at five nursing homes in Slovenia and processed bz means of conventional content analzsis. The major themes that emerged from the content analzsis, describing familz involvement, were as follows: visiting and making oneself useful, deliverz of items for personal use, hands-on care, phzsical therapz and organiyation of nursing homeactivities. Familz members showed some interest in receiving financial compensation for their involvement. The proposed financial compensation maz bea delicate and morallz questionable matter but would involve fairness and transparencz, while enabling easier organiyation of elder care provision. Eventuallz, nursing home residentsʼ well-being could be improved.
Keywords: zdravstvena nega starostnika, sodelovanje svojcev, finančno nadomestilo, domovi za starostnike, elder care, family involvement, financial compensation, nursing home
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 1148; Downloads: 71
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Are there important differences in success and in organizational culture between family companies in production and service sector in Slovenia?
Maja Zajec, Matjaž Roblek, 2011, original scientific article

Abstract: In this article we will introduce the development of those organizational culture elements, which influence importantly on company successfulness in family companies. The research was performed in 24 Slovenian companies with 524 responded survey questionnaires from field of services, consultancy and computer equipment, trade counter, production, road freight traffic and civil engineering. With this analysis we found out the answer to the question in family loyalty to the company, management style, loyalty and mutual trust system, strategic emphasis, criteria for successful business operations, stimulation (rewarding), process of continuous improvement, business ethics of the company, organization, values of the employees, and satisfaction of the employees in those companies. The collected data are important from the aspect of the organizational culture influence on the future growth or eventually their stagnation.
Keywords: organizational culture, family business, success
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 591; Downloads: 233
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An appraisal of family farm succession studies
Zarja Bohak, Andreja Borec, Jernej Turk, 2010, original scientific article

Keywords: family farm, farm succession, methodological approaches
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 836; Downloads: 18
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Comparison of human resource management in Slovenian family and non-family businesses
Iztok Kopriva, Mojca Bernik, 2009, original scientific article

Abstract: The room to reach a competitive advantage in today's dynamic world, companies have in unutilized and even unknown human abilities of own employees. Treatment of people at work in large organizations is well analyzed, but little focus is directed at small and medium-sized enterprises. This is particularly true for family businesses. Small and medium-sized enterprises are largely owned by individual families and are an extremely important part of developed economies. Complexity of internal relationships and interplay between the two systems: families and businesses, which often lead to conflicts in interaction, however, is the reason that many managers and professionals are not willing to work in family businesses. It is justified to set the research question; Are we obligate to treated family businesses as a special case when considering the management of people at work? This paper presents the need to address the family businesses as a special case. In a successful and long living family businesses undoubtedly are closely and carefully working with the employees. It is little known about dealing with people in a Slovenian family businesses and how management practices differ from non-family firms. Based on the study of literature and conclusions from a qualitative empirical study the differences are presented in this article. There are also presented differences in practices of dealing with people at work in foreign and Slovenian non-family and family businesses. At the end there are exposed a good practices of each type of business and recommendations for their use.
Keywords: human resource management, employees, family business, nonfamily business
Published: 10.07.2015; Views: 988; Downloads: 274
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Usefulness of the patient information leaflet (PIL) and information on medicines from professionals
Tonka Poplas-Susič, Zalika Klemenc-Ketiš, Janko Kersnik, 2014, original scientific article

Abstract: Background: The Patient information leaflet (PIL) is an important source of information for every patient. Little is known about whether patients read the PIL and whether it contains useful information. Other sources of drug-related information are professionals (a family practitioner, a pharmacist and a nurse). Informing patients on drugs improves their compliance. The aim of the study was to identify the usefulness of PIL from the perspective of the patient, to assess professionals as a source of drug-related information and to suggest changes that can improve informing and therefore patients' compliances. Methods: Four focus group interviews were conducted across different primary health care centres in the North East of Slovenia. Focus groups were composed of randomly selected patients (in total 20) who were willing to express their views on PILs, on other drug information sources and on possible improvements. A qualitative analysis of the data was based of the transcription of the audiotapes. Results: Patients read the PILs selectively. They were most interested in side effects, contraindications and the purpose of the prescribed drug. Participants reported that the language in PILs is too scientific. In the case they do not understand PILs or they recognise some of the side effects, a majority of participants decide to contact a family physician first, and less frequently a pharmacist or a nurse. A family physician is considered to be the most trustworthy source of information and patients think that pharmacists could play a more active role in patients% education. Conclusion: Current PILs offer enough partial information to patients but need some improvements in terms of better legibility and access to the most crucial information. PIL does not enable a comprehensive information with respect to patient%s health status. Most reliable source of information is considered to be a family practitioner. Pharmacists could play a more active role in the education of patients.
Keywords: PIL, focus groups, medicines, family practitioner
Published: 10.05.2017; Views: 686; Downloads: 44
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Prevajanje kulturno pogojenih izrazov v humoristični nanizanki Modern family
Marina Škvorc, 2016, undergraduate thesis

Abstract: Kulturno pogojeni izrazi pogosto povzročajo težave pri prevajanju, saj je treba poznati izhodiščno in tudi ciljno kulturo. Gledalec izhodiščne kulture nujno ne pozna, zato je naloga prevajalca, da ustrezno prevede take izraze in jih tudi prilagodi ciljni kulturi. Namen diplomskega dela je bil predstaviti in analizirati amaterske podnapise v humoristični nanizanki Sodobna družina ter kulturno pogojene izraze, ki se pojavijo v njej. Za prevajanje teh izrazov obstajajo različne prevajalske strategije. Mi smo pri analizi uporabili prevajalske strategije Mone Baker, Jean-Paula Vinayja in Jeana Darbelneta. Ugotavljali smo, katere od teh strategij so bile najpogosteje uporabljene pri prevajanju, prav tako pa smo podali predloge za izboljšavo prevodov.
Keywords: kulturno pogojeni izrazi, izhodiščna in ciljna kultura, podnaslavljanje, Modern family, Sodobna družina, prevajalske strategije, Baker, Vinay in Darbelnet.
Published: 01.09.2016; Views: 902; Downloads: 103
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Family history as a predictor for disease risk in healthy individuals
Zalika Klemenc-Ketiš, Borut Peterlin, 2013, original scientific article

Abstract: Background Family history can be used as a genetic risk predictor for common non-communicable diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of healthy individuals at risk of developing these diseases, based on their self-reported family history.Methods and Findings This was a cross-sectional observational study. Data were collected in the three largest occupational practices in primary health care centres in Slovenia, a Central European country. The study population consisted of consecutive individuals who came to occupational practices for their regular preventive check-up from November 2010 to June 2012. We included 1,696 individuals. Data were collected by a self-developed questionnaire. The main outcome was the number of participants at a moderate or high risk for the development of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.The final sample consisted of 1,340 respondents. Moderate or high risk for the development of cardiovascular diseases was present in 280 (20.9%) participants, for the development of diabetes in 154 (11.5%) participants and for cancer in 163 (12.1%) participants. Conclusions In this study, we found a significant proportion of healthy individuals with an increased genetic risk for common non-communicable diseases; consequently further genetic and clinical evaluation and preventive measures should be offered.
Keywords: family history, predictor for disease risk, sectional study in Slovenia
Published: 19.06.2017; Views: 472; Downloads: 77
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Dynamics of Slovenian Entrepreneurship
Miroslav Rebernik, Karin Širec, Polona Tominc, Ksenja Pušnik, Maks Tajnikar, Dijana Močnik, Mojca Duh, Matej Rus, Barbara Bradač Hojnik, Katja Crnogaj, Rok Podgornik, 2009, scientific monograph

Abstract: Part one presented the Slovenian entrepreneurial landscape in the year 2007. The second part compared Slovenian and EU-27 economy on various indicators. Part three analysed the process of firm entries in Slovenia while controlling for the specificities of regions and time, from 2000 to 2005. The fifth part analysed the impact of technical and cost efficiencies on firms’ income position and the relationship between supply and demand. The analysis examined tourism firms in Slovenia. The sixth part dealt with regional analysis of the early-stage entrepreneurship in Slovenia. The aim was to gain insight into developmental particularities of Slovenian family businesses and institutional support offered to family businesses in Slovenia. The seventh part examined different reasons for outsourcing according to strategic and traditional reasons. Lastly, we examined networking activities between enterprises and entrepreneurs. The empirical research revealed there are certain differences among Slovene SMEs according to their company size and gender.
Keywords: Firm Entries and Exits, Technical and Cost Efficiency, Family Firm Development, Oursourcing, Networking between Enterprises and Entrepreneurs
Published: 18.01.2017; Views: 707; Downloads: 62
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