Skills in Family Support: Content Analysis of International Organizations’ Websites



family support, skills, family support workforce, standards, content analysis


The study is part of a comprehensive research project launched within the framework of COST Action “The pan-European Family Support Network: A bottom-up, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach” (EurofamNet, code CA18123). In this project, an exercise of mapping international organizations on skills qualification in family support has been developed. The aim of this study was to examine the profile of organizations and analyze their web-provided content to identify, describe and catalogue available data on basic professional skills, promoted, developed, and applied in family support work. The final sample includes 88 international and European organizations working with families with children and youth in various fields (psychology, social work, health, law, etc.) identified by the snowball technique. Using the method of web-content analysis three interconnected maps of bodies in the field were developed, highlighting a general profile of the organizations, and a wide range of important professional skills of family support workforce were specified and ranked. Frequency analyses and contingency tables were carried out. The results show that most of the organizations in the field do not present a plain definition of skills framework listed generally or in a separate document; multidisciplinary approaches to family support skills are not yet common practice; and evaluations of skills or references to a standard framework are limited.


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Author Biographies

Mariana Buciuceanu-Vrabie, National Institute for Economic Research, Republic of Moldova

Address: 45 Ion Creangă Street, Chisinău, MD-2064, Republic of Moldova.

Nina Mešl, University of Ljubljana

Faculty of Social Work
Address: Topniška 31, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Nevenka Zegarac, University of Belgrade

Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Address: Jove Ilića 165, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia.

Tadeja Kodele, University of Ljubljana

Faculty of Social Work
Address: Topniška 31, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


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How to Cite

Buciuceanu-Vrabie, M., Mešl, N., Zegarac, N., & Kodele, T. (2023). Skills in Family Support: Content Analysis of International Organizations’ Websites. Calitatea Vieții, 34(1), 15–32.