Youth Attitudes towards Corruption as a Manifestation of the Economic Mentality of Russians



In the study of legal problems, their psychological aspects are of great importance. The paper presents the main areas of research on corruption. It is noted that in modern legal psychology, the prevention of unlawful behavior of young people in the field of economic crimes is still given little focus. The paper presents an analysis of the attitude of young people, as the most promising social group, to corruption offenses. The research was carried out using surveys among the students of higher education of Moscow. The data obtained were processed with content analysis, expert analysis as well as quantitative analysis of keywords and attitudes under topical areas chosen by the authors. The main results of the study can be summarized as follows: young people's perceptions of corruption are largely formed at the household level and do not reflect the specifics of macro-social processes in the society; students highlight the cultural and historical factors in the spread of corruption, which, in their opinion, act as a historically established social obstacle to overcoming the corruption situation in Russia; oftentimes students assess corruption not on legal grounds, but on psychological ones (on the principles of respect, politeness, mutual agreement, etc.), which does not always allow them to adequately identify corrupt behavior. With this approach to the problem, the research results require serious attention from psychologists, teachers and lawyers (in view of legal education of young people), which is a promising plan for future research.

General Information

Keywords: corrupt behavior, attitude to corruption, psychological foundations of corruption, personal characteristics of a corrupt official, cultural and historical traditions

Journal rubric: Methodological Problems of Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Science Foundation (RSF), project no. 21-18-00541.

Received: 31.10.2021


For citation: Zhuravlev A.L., Kitova D.A. Youth Attitudes towards Corruption as a Manifestation of the Economic Mentality of Russians [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2022. Vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 178–193. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2022120213. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Anatoly L. Zhuravlev, Doctor of Psychology, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Scientific Director, Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science Institute of Psychology RAS, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Dzhuletta A. Kitova, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Leading Researcher, Laboratory of the History of Psychology and Historical Psychology, Federal State Budgetary Institution Institute of Psychology RAS, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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