Projection of Family in Representation of Intellectual Youth in Russia

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Room: 511
Svetlana SIVOPLYASOVA , Center of Social Demography and Economic Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Evgeniya SIGAREVA , Institute of sociopolitical researches Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Russian demographic health should be based on development of positive trends in fertility, marriage and family relations of young generation of the country. Considering that the generation born in «new» Russia, characterized by new ideas about life strategies, value orientations, enters in reproductive age, it is important to assess similarities and differences between role of families and children in this generation representations regarding previous historical period.

Our study aims to determine specifics of modern marriage and reproductive behavior of young people receiving professional education in Russia. This group of young people is more demanding to high standards of living, thereby extending these requirements to sphere of marriage and family. This specificity necessitates more detailed study of their attitudes and motivations in marriage and reproductive behavior. Identification of possible limits of marriage and family and reproductive student’s attitudes is scientific problem of this study.

In 2012-2013 Center of Social Demography and Economic Sociology, Institute of Socio-Political Research conducted a survey of students in higher and secondary education full-time and extramural studies. The study was conducted in form of distribution questionnaire prepared by the Center. The survey was conducted in the cities of Central, North Caucasus, Urals and Volga federal districts.

The study had a multidimensional nature, and it is focused on identification of general and specific issues of reproductive behavior of most educated part of Russian society to clarify the state family policy for more effective implementation and stabilization of demographic situation in the country. On this basis, were selected areas (subjects) to conduct the survey, which allowed us to identify the specifics of students ideas and their reproductive and matrimonial intentions between metropolis and provinces, between different regions of the country, between subjects of different types of administrative-territorial formations.