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Hopes and Fears of the Student Population

Dragan BAGIĆ

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str. 383-414

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Empirical research of the hopes and fears of older
adolescents was carried out in the autumn of 2000 at six
faculties of Zagreb University. The examinees were 1st and
2nd year students (N=642) whose average age was 19.3. In
an open-type questionnaire the examinees were offered to
list in eight open-ended sections their hopes and fears concerning their future in general, careers or areas of selfactualization.
The responses were categorized into 18
categories for areas of hope and 14 categories for areas of
fear. On average the respondents expressed 5.3 hopes and
3.8 fears. The results of research were compared with
findings of similar studies in European and overseas
countries. It has been established that Croatian adolescents
differ from their peers throughout the world only in the order
of priority of hopes or fears giving greater advantage to
intrinsic motivation for self-actualization, the moral and
social aspect of self. With regard to fears, our examinees
stand out from their peers world-wide in a greater concern
for the impossibility of self-actualization and fear of
catastrophes and social deviations. Significant differences
have been found among students attending different

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