Postcommunist societies in times of transition Perceptions of change among adolescents in Central and Eastern Europe /

This article examines adolescents' perceptions of the economic changes and the justice of the new "social contract" in Eastern/Central Europe. Focusing on three countries, Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic, it explores the social, political, and economic environments in which...

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Main Authors: Macek Petr
Flanagan Constance A.
Gallay Leslie
Kostron Lubomir
Botcheva Luba
Csapó Benő
Format: Article
Published: Wiley 1998
Series:JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES 54 No. 3
doi:10.1111/j.1540-4560.1998.tb01235.x

mtmt:1152616
Online Access:http://publicatio.bibl.u-szeged.hu/11672
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Summary:This article examines adolescents' perceptions of the economic changes and the justice of the new "social contract" in Eastern/Central Europe. Focusing on three countries, Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic, it explores the social, political, and economic environments in which adolescents came of age in 1990. Surveys conducted among high school students in each country during 1995 tapped their perceptions of the economy, the local community, and their personal beliefs about the efficacy of individual initiative and hard work. Responses differed significantly based on age, gender social class, value orientation, and country. Older adolescents and girls were more likely to observe that economic disparities were growing in their country and to be cynical about the value of hard work. Those with socialist values also discounted the value of recent changes. Adolescents in the Czech Republic were the least cynical about economic changes, whereas those in Bulgaria,were the most cynical, with Hungarian youth the least optimistic about the future.
Physical Description:547-561
ISSN:0022-4537