Educational Acmeology. Developmental Psychology

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Klenova M. A. Protest Activity and its Psychological Content in the Context of Young People’s Socio-Political Activity. Izvestiya of Saratov University. Educational Acmeology. Developmental Psychology, 2019, vol. 8, iss. 4, pp. 362-367. DOI: 10.18500/2304-9790-2019-8-4-362-367

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Protest Activity and its Psychological Content in the Context of Young People’s Socio-Political Activity

Klenova Milena A., Saratov State University

The purpose of the study presented in the article is to investigate sociopsychological characteristics of modern young people’s protest activity within the context of socio-political activity. The relevance of the study can be explained by the need to create practice-oriented recommendations aimed at developing young people’s socio-political activity, having taken into account social requirements and using theoretical data. The empirical study involved 60 people (aged from 18 to 27, among them 38 young males and 22 young females); 30 of them (23 young males and 7 young females aged 23 to 27) are representatives of opposition protest movements, and 30 young people do not identify themselves with any political associations (9 young males and 21 young females aged from 18 to 25). We used a questionnaire to study the manifestation degree of various social activity types (R. M. Shamionov, I. V. Aredanchuk, E. E. Bocharova, M. V. Grigoryeva, et al.), a questionnaire of personality protest activity (A. Sh. Guseynov), a questionnaire of personal volitional qualities (N. E. Stambulova), and a risk appetite questionnaire (A. G. Shmelev). The study has revealed that the general level of social activity in both samples is within the range of average values. We established that in the group of young people, who identify themselves with opposition groups, the level of protest activity is significantly higher for all indicators. It is shown that the structure of personal volitional qualities of young people with high and low protest activity differs in terms of substantive characteristics. The study has revealed that subjects with high protest activity express persistence and perseverance to a greater extent, but, at the same time, show a tendency to addiction more often than others. We have also established that there is a correlation interrelation between the components of protest activity and such characteristics as volitional personal qualities and risk appetite. Risk appetite in the sample of subjects with high protest activity is interrelated with all the components of protest activity.

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