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Attitudes of Young People Towards The Problem of Ageing Population In Slovenia

Danijela Lahe
Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor

The changing numerical ratios between population groups and, consequently, their social power, are challenges of which EU countries are aware of, having long been aware of the consequences of demographic change. For countries facing such changes to be able to maintain and strengthen intergenerational cooperation in an appropriate way, mechanisms that allow direct contact between people of different age groups need to be strengthened. The last two years caused an additional challenge to intergenerational contact and cooperation between the younger and older generations due to the risk of transmitting Covid-19. It is even more important in this context to know the situation and the beliefs that young people have in relation to an ageing society and their role in it. The main research question is related to the attitude of young people to the problem of population aging. For this purpose, an analysis of survey data from a nationally representative sample of young people aged 15 to 29 was performed. The results of this research showed that young people are reluctant to believe that older people are privileged compared to the young, or that older people should give up their jobs for the sake of the young. Instead, they are more inclined to believe that the issue of welfare is a systemic problem and that both young and older people are disadvantaged.



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