Attitudes to global risks students of orthodox and secular universities



The study is devoted to the problem of comparing attitudes towards global risks among students of different mentality (religious and secular). It was assumed that this attitude varies in a number of components and forms links with identity and tolerance for uncertainty. Respondents: students of an Orthodox university (58 people at the age of 17—29 years old, of which 52% are girls, 48% are boys) and students of a secular university (69 people at the age of 16—31 years old, of whom 71% are girls, 29% are young men). The study used a questionnaire method using the techniques: “Attitude to global risks”, “Tolerance to uncertainty”, “Social identity”. Data was processed in the SPSS 20.0 program. The hypothesis was partially confirmed. Religious authoritarianism as a strategy to prevent global risks by returning to traditional values and controlling citizens is higher for Orthodox students. For secular students, it is more typical to see threats from a fatalistic point of view and to believe in the possibility of preventing global disasters by maintaining a balance of power, cooperation and compromises. Significant relationships of risk attitudes with tolerance to uncertainty and identity are found.

General Information

Keywords: religious and secular mentality, global risks, social identity, tolerance to uncertainty.

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article


Funding. This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (project № 18-18-00439 “Human psychology in the context of global risks”)

For citation: Emelyanova T.P., Belykh T.V. Attitudes to global risks students of orthodox and secular universities. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2019. Vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 40–50. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2019100303. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)



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Information About the Authors

Tatiana P. Emelyanova, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Principal Researcher in the Laboratory of Social and Economic Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Tatyana V. Belykh, PhD in Psychology, Leading Specialist of the Center for Competences on Safety Culture and Reliability of the Human Factor, Rosatom Technical Academy, Obninsk, Russia, e-mail:



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