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Health in the system of values of the contemporary youth generation

Sława Połoczańska-Godek

Abstract

The aim of the paper is to present aspects of relational dynamics associating the importance of health as a personal value system, and everyday living habits, of Polish contemporary academic youth. The dissertation is divided into two parts, the first of which presents the researched subject group of students` relationship to health in terms of personal values, their approach in understanding the essence of the health concept, and their expectations concerning health in the context of self-realization in current postmodern society. Along with the concept of a dynamic health model, the recognition and implementation of health attitudes in everyday life are analyzed within the context of the relationship of a person to their environment. School type, social habitat, and living standards are all examples of the personal-environmental context - they are critical for recognizing personal values associated with health in an academic youth's personal schema. The second part of the paper analyzes the results of author's research and presents their interpretation. The results indicate that students adopt an individualistic approach to personal health. They do not recognize any close connection between active social roles in life and personal health. Further analysis of the research results supports the conclusions of many modern sociologists that in a consumerist age, it is appearance, and the external image of a person that plays an important role in perceiving the conditions of personal life as acceptable. Health is often treated by students in an instrumental way, as a means of achieving success and prestige via an improvement in image, and adaptation of their bodies. The examined group – taking an age factor as significant, seem to treat their health as a value only in a way that enables them to achieve alternative goals - mostly related to attraction levels in appearance, as an inherent attribute of youth. This work concludes that no single, valid and universal concept of health exists in this subject group.
Record ID
UAM9cb25644fc9f499dad3dd0f503f018c7
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Sława Połoczańska-Godek Sława Połoczańska-Godek,, Undefined Affiliation
Title in Polish
Zdrowie w systemie wartości współczesnego pokolenia młodzieży studiującej
Title in English
Health in the system of values of the contemporary youth generation
Language
pol (pl) Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Educational Studies (SNs/WSE/FoES) [Not active]
Discipline
education / (social studies) / (social studies)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
5.9 education
Status
Finished
Year of creation
2017
Start date
04-06-2018
Defense Date
04-06-2018
Title date
04-06-2018
Supervisor
Halina Sowińska Halina Sowińska,, Wydział Studiów Edukacyjnych [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNs/WSE)Szkoła Nauk Społecznych [nowa struktura organizacyjna] (SNs)
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/23531 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Values; hte youth as a social category; health
Abstract in English
The aim of the paper is to present aspects of relational dynamics associating the importance of health as a personal value system, and everyday living habits, of Polish contemporary academic youth. The dissertation is divided into two parts, the first of which presents the researched subject group of students` relationship to health in terms of personal values, their approach in understanding the essence of the health concept, and their expectations concerning health in the context of self-realization in current postmodern society. Along with the concept of a dynamic health model, the recognition and implementation of health attitudes in everyday life are analyzed within the context of the relationship of a person to their environment. School type, social habitat, and living standards are all examples of the personal-environmental context - they are critical for recognizing personal values associated with health in an academic youth's personal schema. The second part of the paper analyzes the results of author's research and presents their interpretation. The results indicate that students adopt an individualistic approach to personal health. They do not recognize any close connection between active social roles in life and personal health. Further analysis of the research results supports the conclusions of many modern sociologists that in a consumerist age, it is appearance, and the external image of a person that plays an important role in perceiving the conditions of personal life as acceptable. Health is often treated by students in an instrumental way, as a means of achieving success and prestige via an improvement in image, and adaptation of their bodies. The examined group – taking an age factor as significant, seem to treat their health as a value only in a way that enables them to achieve alternative goals - mostly related to attraction levels in appearance, as an inherent attribute of youth. This work concludes that no single, valid and universal concept of health exists in this subject group.
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Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM9cb25644fc9f499dad3dd0f503f018c7/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAM9cb25644fc9f499dad3dd0f503f018c7

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