Psychology’s Kaniasty Publishes on Polish Gender and Generation Differences in Political Participation

Posted on 2/8/2016 11:30:45 AM

Psychology’s Krys Kaniasty co-authored a paper about gender and generation differences in political participation after political transformations in Poland.

Ursula Jakubowska (Polish Academy of Sciences) and Krys Kaniasty published “Predictors of political participation in Poland: Gender and period effects in the context of political transformation” in Československá Psychologie (Czechoslovak Psychology; vol. LIX, Supplement 1, 2015).

Participation in various political activities (both electoral and legal non-electoral behaviors) was assessed in a nationwide random sample of 400 adults interviewed face-to-face in their homes at the end of 2011, 22 years after the collapse of the communist regime in Central and Eastern Europe. Participation in political activities increased with age for both genders, but a clear gender gap of lower political participation among women emerged prominently in late middle adulthood (among respondents over 57 years of age).

The levels of overall political participation among younger and middle-aged Poles were similarly low for both genders. In general, the youngest respondents, those entering their political lives during the post-communist transformation ("Millennials"), were less politically active than middle aged and older age citizens.

Department of Psychology