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Young People’s Engagement with the European Union: The Importance of Visions and Worries for the Future of Europe

Strohmeier, Dagmar, Barrett, Martyn, Bora, Carmen, Caravita, Simona C. S., Donghi, Elisa, Dragoti, Edmond, Fife-Schaw, Christopher, Gómez-López, Mercedes, Kapéter, Eszter, Mazzone, Angela , Rama, Rudina, Roşeanu, Gabi, Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario, Steiner, Hanna, Trip, Simona, Tenenbaum, Harriet, Urhane, Detlef and Viejo, Carmen (2017) Young People’s Engagement with the European Union: The Importance of Visions and Worries for the Future of Europe Journal of Psychology / Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 225 (4). pp. 313-323.

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This study investigated whether demographic variables, efficacy beliefs, visions and worries are associated with four different forms of (dis)engagement with the European Union: intended voting in the 2019 EU elections, non-conventional political engagement, psychological engagement, and the wish that one’s own country should leave the EU. The sample comprised 3.764 young people aged 16 to 25 years living in seven European countries: Albania, Austria, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain and UK. Economic challenges, human rights and the environment were the most important future visions; unemployment and poverty, climate change, civil unrests and the collapse of the EU were the most important future worries. The four forms of (dis)engagement with the European Union were differentially associated with predictors, although internal efficacy and future vision of economic challenges predicted all forms. Implications for future EU policy are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Strohmeier, Dagmar
Bora, Carmen
Caravita, Simona C. S.
Donghi, Elisa
Dragoti, Edmond
Gómez-López, Mercedes
Kapéter, Eszter
Mazzone, Angela
Rama, Rudina
Roşeanu, Gabi
Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario
Steiner, Hanna
Trip, Simona
Urhane, Detlef
Viejo, Carmen
Date : 14 December 2017
DOI : 10.1027/2151-2604/a000314
Copyright Disclaimer : Zeitschrift für Psychologie, volume no.225, issue no.4, © 2017 by Hogrefe Verlag. All rights reserved. This version of the article may not completely replicate the final version published in Zeitschrift für Psychologie. It is not the version of record and is therefore not suitable for citation.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Future of Europe; Political participation; Political efficacy; Visions; Worries
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 26 Sep 2017 12:32
Last Modified : 15 Dec 2018 02:08

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