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Socio-Adaptive Dimension of Students' Personal Space

Group of young college students sitting in the park
Iryna Havryliuk

Background – Psychological literature presents such notions as living space, mental image, psychological space, etc.; however, only a few pieces of research practically view the modal content of students' spatial organization within the limits of their social and adaptive security. Therefore, it is essential to develop empirical programs for studying the modal features of students' personal space in a socio-adaptive dimension

Purpose – The article aims to introduce and apply conceptual and methodological support for studying the above-mentioned issue; explain the psychological content of modal signs of students' personal space in a socio-adaptive dimension

Design/methodology/approach – The following methods were used to conduct the research: theoretical (analysis, synthesis, comparison, abstraction, systematization, and generalization); empirical (observation and conversation); mathematical statistics (Kruskal-Wallis H Test). Data were processed using SPSS software, version 13.0

Findings – 157 students aged 18 to 25 were invited to participate in research. After specifying the study stages, defining strategies and applying various psychodiagnostic methods, the results were as follows: Students with a high level of personal space sovereignty (45.9 %) demonstrated profound control over life; it indicates excellent sociopsychological adaptation and mental well-being of an individual, combined with high standards of autonomy and self-identity; Students with an average sovereignty level (38.2 %) denoted an uncertain position related to determining their personal space. It is often associated with social factors of individual's self-realization, which impede and even destroy the potential establishment of a holistic, full-fledged personal space; The low level of psychological space sovereignty (15.9 %) testified the signs of deprivation; such students might experience alienation and fragmentation of their own life, complications in the search for the object of identification

Research limitations – The article does not cover all aspects of the problem; further studies might aim to develop applied programs of forecasting and forming the socio-adaptive content of students' personal space

Originality/value – The proposed format of research is an effective way of determining the socio-adaptive profile of students' personal space

Keywords: Students, Modality, Personal Space, Adaptation, Sovereignty

Posted by Iryna Havryliuk on May 16, 2019 10:56:42 AM

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