London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Gender differences in attitudes towards social activities in college students

Author(s) Gocsál, A., Huszár, A.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Women play only a very small part in public life in Hungary: this has largely historical reasons. This paper reports on a survey of male and female students in an engineering faculty of a Hungarian university, and their relative participation in the political/representative work of the students union. Significant differences were found. Females were motivated through friends and other students, attracted by the possibility of being popular, making new friends, to be part of ‘great fun’. The political attitudes of the students did nt differ significantly from common expectations. It is possible that female students’ energies are mostly directed at preparing for a male-dominated profession, and they do not have the extra energy to take a role in the student union, where males dominate.

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