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Young people assessment of measures to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic (on the example of Primorsky Region)

Research Article

Egor B. Marin Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate professor,
The Maritime state University named after Admiral G. I. Nevelskoy, Vladivostok, Russia; Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia
egor-marin@yandex.ru
ORCID ID=0000-0002-0409-5065
Young people assessment of measures to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic (on the example of Primorsky Region).
Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2023. Vol. 14. No. 1. P. 78-100

Дата поступления статьи: 13.07.2022
Topic: Youth in contemporary society

For citation:
Marin E. B. Young people assessment of measures to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic (on the example of Primorsky Region). Vestnik instituta sotziologii. 2023. Vol. 14. No. 1. P. 78-100
DOI: https://doi.org/10.19181/vis.2023.14.1.5. EDN: EMKLPS




Abstract

During the study, the reconstruction of the respondents' ideas about the three main preventive measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic was carried out: self-isolation, mask regimen and vaccination, using a questionnaire, interview, association experiment, as well as a private semantic differential. As we have found, students consider self-isolation to be the most effective measure to combat coronavirus (71% of respondents). The mask regimen was considered ineffective. The survey showed a very ambiguous attitude of young people to vaccination against coronavirus. As it was found out, in case of a conflict of motives, even if they are convinced of the effectiveness of this or that protective measure, many students are not ready to sacrifice their freedom of movement, communications and contact with the outside world, even for their own safety. Comfort is often considered more important than safety. The attitude towards restrictive measures was influenced by such values of the younger generation as the desire for comfort, love of freedom and the value of one's own life. This system of values corresponds to the influence of society. The interviews demonstrated that there are two groups in the youth environment that differ in their personal characteristics, life position and strategies for solving health problems. The first, "active" group is characterised mainly by a passive attitude towards health issues. The acceptance of the vaccine was carried out by this group under pressure from the state and the employer. The second group of young people is characterised by an active position, rationalism, and personal maturity. This also determines more rational strategies for solving health problems. The second group operates a wider and more scientific range of information sources. We believe that both social influence and personal characteristics of the respondents play an important role in the choice of behavioural strategies in this situation. The application of the association experiment method allowed to determine the characteristics of ideas about the state policy to counter the pandemic in the minds of students at the figurative, emotional and affective level. The categories of perception of the phenomenon were also defined, such as freedom, comfort, efficiency and safety.

Keywords

performance, pandemic, COVID-19, self-isolation, mask regimen, vaccination, psychosemantics, Primorsky Region

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