Młodzież środowisk patologicznych wobec cierpienia człowieka chorego
The pathological environment youth in the face of the suffering of an ill person
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The purpose of the research: stating the significance of knowledge and contact with suffering people as well as of personal experience and religiosity in the process of shaping the approved school youths’ attitudes towards suffering. The material under investigation and methods: 64 minors, their ages varying from 16 to 18, were subjected to prospective psychological investigation. It was conducted using an “attitude-toward-suffering questionnaire” prepared by the Religion Psychology Institute of the Pontifical University of John Paul II. The test consists of 30 independent questions, each one of them assessed separately. The results were compared with those of the control group of 50 non-pathological environment minors of similar ages. This part’s focus was only the questions resulting in answers different in each group – the one under investigation and the control group. The results and conclusions: The results indicate that the pathological environment youths are reluctant to talk about suffering – 79,6% of them have either hardly ever or never taken up such topics. 62,5% of the approved school minors were unable to state the factor with the most influence on their attitudes towards suffering. 75% of the borstal youths do not think about their suffering at all, with the opposition of 15,6% of them often thinking about their suffering. 59,4% of these borstal youths associate suffering with despair of depression, but 40,6% of them perceive suffering “somatically”. The conducted study has shown that approved schools youths’ attitudes toward suffering are discrepant from those of youths raised in normal families.
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