Influential factors in political and civic participation of university students


1st International Conference on Lifelong Education and Leadership for All, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 29 - 31 October 2015, pp.187-202 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Olomouc
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Page Numbers: pp.187-202
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, a scale was developed according to the scale of Flanagan et al. (2007) and data were obtained from university students (n=330). The empirical evidences on the identification of the youth participation were analyzed through Path Analysis in the Structural Equation Modeling and a model was suggested. This study suggests a model based on determination of factors influencing civic and political participation of university students. General findings pointed out that individuals' participation to family decisions during their earlier, life, parents' civic and political participation, participation experiences at school, political communication with teachers and friends, participation sensitive class activities, the perceived level of critics of political knowledge, levels of civic responsibility, sensitivity to own civic society and perceived understanding of civic and political issues, interest for politics and civic issues, level of general self efficacy. Individuals interest for politics and civic issues, general self efficacy, sensitivity for social problems and perceived political efficacy, influence their participation ideas and behaviors. In this content, opportunities and resources presented for youth are necessary for individual as well as societal development.