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ERIC Number: EJ789540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
The Religious Preferences of Young Tulans
Samsonova, Ekaterina Anatol'evna; Efimova, Ekaterina Iur'evna
Russian Education and Society, v50 n2 p59-68 Feb 2008
For Russia, the 1990s were a time of thoroughgoing reexamination of fundamental issues in life and society. Contradictory searches for new paths of development also had an impact on problems of the spiritual life of the population and people's attitudes toward religion and church. The complexity of the religious situation in today's Russia is also reinforced by the mixed character of young people's orientations. At the beginning of 2004, the laboratory of sociological research and the study of public opinion at the Shans [Chance] Center for Social and Psychological Assistance to Young People carried out a sociological survey under the title of "The Religious Preferences of Young Tulans." The study surveyed 200 young Tulans between the ages of fourteen and thirty living in five administrative districts of the city of Tula. Among the respondents, 51 percent were males and 49 percent were females; people between the ages of fourteen and nineteen added up to 32.5 percent; between the ages of twenty and twenty-four, 30 percent; and between the ages of twenty-five and thirty, 37.5 percent. Most respondents (68.2 percent) are not married; 32 percent of the respondents have an incomplete higher education; 31 percent have a higher education; 17.3 percent have a secondary education; 14.2 percent have a secondary specialized education; and 5.6 percent have an incomplete secondary education. In the opinion of 52 percent of the respondents, religion does not play much of a role at all in present-day Russian society; however, 39.5 percent of the young people hold the opposite point of view. A total of 8.5 percent of the respondents found it difficult to answer. The survey results showed that most respondents have not had any kind of religious education. In response to the questionnaire item, "Have you had (or do you have) a subject with the heading "Religious Studies" ("Theology," or the like) in your school, secondary socialized educational institution, or institution of higherlearning?" 91.5 percent answered in the negative. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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