The Phenomenon of Atrophy of the Role Among Working Students and Its Determinants
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The paper addresses the phenomenon of atrophy of the social role among working full-time students. The term ‘atrophy’ must be understood as the disappearance of duties binding upon the individual that regulate his/her role. In the case of students, this phenomenon may result in the noticeable decrease of their commitment in education process. For the purpose of identifying the origins of the atrophy, a survey was conducted among undergraduate students (N=306) from Faculty of Economics and Sociology at University of Łódź. The analysis of data acquired from this survey shows that the atrophy may be influenced by the weakening of these cognitive structures that are responsible for the formation of the sense of meaning, sense of belonging and belief about compliance with these duties by others. In addition, it seems that impact on atrophy has an intensity of students’ social life.
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