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A Scientific Review Of Roma Community Culture, Health And Living Conditions Presented By Means Of Albanian Studies During The Last Two Decades


  • Nevila Koçollari (Furxhiu)

    () (University of Tirana)


The paper analyses the last two decades Albanian studies focused on the culture, living conditions, services and health issues of Roma groups. The review as a methodology helps us to give evidence about treatment and expectances from Roma strength and weak points, how to overcome the health risky behavior; how near and far by the Roma Community National Strategy commented standards are the theoretical arguments given by the studies; how these arguments have been taken in consideration in rehabilitation policies for these community and how is presented on these studies the proper Roma`s will and motivation for changing behavior. Stressing on the strengths and weakness of Roma culture and standards of living is the main perception for their social integration. Work, education and “the art of begging” as the big post-communist challenge of their social integration, distinguished some Roma groups from each other. The question of the social services and attitudes toward culture of health is complex and a simple prediction equation is not enough for effective interventions designed to ensure behavior change. Thus, we only benefit situations, where levels of mismatch between knowledge, attitudes and behaviors, create confusion in the perception of the risk assessments “map” and further interventions. Part of the discussion remain also the fact that the perennial and continuous investments towards these groups seems that don`t have positive results yet. The paper tries to argue which of the social psychology theories could be more valuable to lead services and decisions in achieving these results. We could reach to an answer through coherent treatments of the given studies basic questions.

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  • Nevila Koçollari (Furxhiu), 2013. "A Scientific Review Of Roma Community Culture, Health And Living Conditions Presented By Means Of Albanian Studies During The Last Two Decades," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 8(2), pages 37-47, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:8:y:2013:i:2:p:37-47

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