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Čeho se dnes mladí lidé bojí? Volně generované výpovědi o strachu vs. sebeposuzovací škála

Title in English What do young people fear today? Free-response method vs. self-report scale


Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Ceskoslovenska Psychologie/Czechoslovak Psychology
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords Specific fears; emerging adulthood; self-report scales; free-response method
Description Objectives: The study aims at exploring specific fears in the emerging adulthood period. Partial objective is to examine suitability of two self-rating scale-instruments FSSC-II and FSS-II used in combination for respondents in the period of emerging adulthood. It can be assumed that young people will have subjectively perceived fears associated with finding a career, intimate relationship and self-realization. It can be assumed that open-ended answers will include fears that the current combination of scales does not. Method: The total sample size and gender structure: 642 respondents (162 males, 480 females). The sample age ranges between 20 and 29 years. The study combines two methods of data collection: self-rating scales (combination of FSSC -II and FSS-II) and open-ended questions on fears. Results and conclusions: The open-ended answers were categorized into 16 general categories. The order of ten the most intense fears from self-rating scale were presented. Items within scales were based on its contents assigned to general categories, from open-ended answers. Based on results, it is possible to describe some most specific fears typical for the period of emerging adulthood. These include school fears, fears of failure, fears for close ones, employment related fears, death related fears, partnership fears and next. The fears identified through open-ended answers appear to be content-specific and include a also effects of the social contexts. The combination of self-rating scales applied in the survey has proved to be inadequate. This study impact is limited by sample structure. The fact that the sample is over-represented by students (80%) and women (70%) might have contributed to higher proportion of school fears within this study.
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