Sociological Survey of Young Armenian Family Summary
Keywords:youth, family, sociology, values, nation, position
Since the last two decades of the 20th century, the traditional model of Armenian family and its public perceptions have undergone changes. Under the impact of modern reforms and current socio-economic conditions, we observe weakening of traditional foundations of Armenian family and transformation of national value system. Because of the birth rate decline, the number of children in young families has reduced to minimum. Moreover, the number of divorces, single mothers and homeless children has significantly increased.
This article discusses the results of our sociological research on current life orientation of nowadays younger Armenian generation. The results obtained indicate that the migration intentions among Armenian youth are quite high. Furthermore, the main causes of migration from the country are: education abroad, unemployment and job hunt, poor economic situation. More than a quarter from out of the thousand young respondents cannot see their future in our country. According to the survey, family, work and friends are the priority values in young people’s lives.
The concern shared is that 22% have not even thought about creating families of their own, while 26% of them have shown even no intention to create a family. Meanwhile, half of those, who already have families or any intentions to create them, are willing to have only two children.
In conclusion, we can state that only half of the young people surveyed intend to create families, and two-thirds of them are planning to have only 2-3 children. This means that in future, even simple reproduction of the population in our country remains under threat.
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