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Kraków youth in the conditions of the COVID-19 quarantine
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The report presents the results of research conducted among secondary school students from Kraków. The subject matter of the research are the psychosocial effects of the quarantine experienced by the students. Issues related to the students’ interest in the pandemic and their knowledge about it have been studied in the research. The respondents evaluated the efficiency of actions taken by the government and local authorities aiming to combat coronavirus. In the survey, youth evaluated the efficiency of actions taken in order to protect people from the infection. The level of fear of infection and the students’ well-being have also been estimated. Yet another field of research are the strategies for coping with the difficult situation. The students’ daily lives during the quarantine have also been studied. Internet activity and its main forms were under detailed observation as well. Moreover, the students’ attitudes towards on-line lessons and the evaluation of threats, which may emerge in connection with the suspension of regular classes have been researched. The results of the research indicate that youth are tracking the course of the pandemic and positively evaluate the actions and solutions taken by authorities aiming to protect people from coronavirus. The students are not afraid of the infection and reveal the fear of the disease to a lesser extent. Psychosocial consequences of the quarantine are a bigger problem. An average level of satisfaction with life and the presence of anxieties, boredom and loneliness have been observed among the respondents. They spend the time of quarantine on the Internet, maintaining social contacts, looking for entertainment and learning. Besides the Internet, they most often listen to music. Most of them participated in on-line lessons. They evaluate on-line education negatively. The students claim that the current situation will not influence their life chances to a great extent.
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