Young people's engagement with the European Union: The importance of visions and worries for the future of Europe

Dagmar Strohmeier, Martyn Barrett, Carmen Bora, Simona C.S. Caravita, Elisa Donghi, Edmond Dragoti, Chris Fife-Schaw, Mercedes Gómez-López, Eszter Kapéter, Angela Mazzone, Rudina Rama, Gabi Roşeanu, Rosario Ortega-Ruiz, Hanna Steiner, Simona Trip, Harriet Tenenbaum, Detlef Urhahne, Carmen Viejo

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Abstract

This study investigated whether demographic variables, efficacy beliefs, visions, and worries are associated with four different forms of (dis)engagement with the European Union (EU): intended voting in the 2019 EU elections, nonconventional political engagement, psychological engagement, and the wish that one's own country should leave the EU. The sample comprised 3,764 young people aged 16-25 years living in seven European countries: Albania, Austria, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain, and the UK. Economic challenges, human rights, and the environment were the most important future visions; unemployment and poverty, climate change, civil unrests, and collapse of the EU were the most important future worries. The four forms of (dis)engagement with the EU were differentially associated with predictors, although internal efficacy and future vision of economic challenges predicted all forms. Implications for future EU policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-323
Number of pages11
JournalZeitschrift für Psychologie / Journal of Psychology
Volume225
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Future of Europe
  • Political efficacy
  • Political participation
  • Visions
  • Worries

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