Ethnic Prejudices among Russian Young People
Social policy and social psychology University of Kuopio Finland,
The paper presents empirical results of a survey research (n=3996), which was conducted in four research sites in Russia. The sites were Republic of Karelia, Republic of Tatarstan and cities of Saint Petersburg and Krasnojarsk. The respondents were students of secondary schools and universities. The age range of the respondents was from 14 to 32 years. The waste majority of respondents were from 15 to 24 years of age. The aim of the study was to analyse the relationship between certain background variables (age, social class, educational level and gender) and ethnic prejudices in order to find out potential differences between Russian young people and young people in other countries in which these kind of studies have been conducted. The results show that in Russia the ethnic prejudices vary according to the social background, age, educational level and gender of the respondents. Older students were less prejudiced than younger ones, female students were less prejudiced than male and students from working class families were more prejudiced than students from middle and upper class families. In this respect Russian young people seem not to differ from the young people in other countries.