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ERIC Number: ED317455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 21
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Polish Youth: A Dychotomic World of Values.
Bodnar, Artur; Zelichowski, Ryszard
Research results show a skepticism among Polish youth concerning the possibility of implementing the accepted socialist values in political practice and denote a steady erosion of socialism's image. Youth organizations are many and varied, but it appears that most join because of the opportunity to meet friends, not because of political commitment. In general, university students respect such values as human dignity and well-being and democratization of social relations. They question the effectiveness of existing political institutions, and their social and political activity in legal organizations is increasing. The students show more interest in the ecological movement as a political movement as well as in other alternative or opposition movements. The Polish United Workers' Party is deeply concerned about the problems of Polish youth. In 1982, the party implemented a program meant to improve the educational process, the professional start of youth, dwelling situations, and the protection and development of the family. The economic and social conditions under which the program was implemented were difficult, so the effects were few. The Roman Catholic church has played a significant role. Nearly 90 percent of Polish youth are Christians and practice Roman Catholicism. For most of them, the church is not only the authority in matters of faith, but also enjoys their confidence as a sociopolitical institution. The degree of the antisocialist opposition influence on Polish youth is difficult to estimate. Their susceptibility to political and ideological influence of the opposition results from a state of discontent and frustration caused by an inability to satisfy needs and aspirations. (JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland