Social interest as a factor of youth civic competence formation

Keywords: civic competence; social interest; commonality; practices; socio-political interaction; responsibility


It is analysed the “social interest” phenomenon as a socio-psychological factor of youth civic competence development. According to F. Odizhe’s studies there are revealed such components in the structure of civic competence: cognitive competences, ethical competences and value choice (motivational-value aspect of civic competence), social competences (ability to act). There are also added the range of reflective competences, particularly, the ability to analyze, to think critically on the results of various forms of civic activity, to make personal contributions to the process and the outcomes of socio-political interaction, and to reflect on the essence of socio-political information. There are outlined the youth civic competence’s components which determine the positioning of the subject as an actor in the civic interaction and the attitude towards this process. These components are the following: the ability to establish an effective interaction and cooperation in order to resolve actual socio-political issues, the ability to constructively resolve the conflicts, the sense of solidarity, the focus on a common good, the sense of responsibility, the sense of commonality. There are considered the main principles of the “social interest” concept defined by A. Adler and a number of other important provisions of his theory, in particular, concerning personal lifestyle and factors that determine its formation. In the structure of social interest (following G. Tulitbayeva) there are outlined such components: cognitive, emotional-regulatory, communicational-behavioral, motivational-value; each of them are clarified in the context of social interest exploring as a factor of youth civic competence.

How to Cite
Sydorkina, M. (2019). Social interest as a factor of youth civic competence formation. Scientific Studios on Social and Political Psychology, (44(47), 118-124.