Una finestra sul mondo. I risultati dell’indagine sui giovani in preparazione dello Youth Synod

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] A window on the world. The results of the survey on young people in preparation for the Youth Synod

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[Autom. eng. transl.] On the occasion of the synodal event commissioned by Pope Francis on the theme of young people, the Toniolo Institute carried out a survey proposing via internet to young people all over the world a questionnaire largely inspired by the typical structure of the surveys of the Youth Report. The path of approaching the Synod of Bishops, held in Rome in October 2018, was thus an opportunity to carry out an experience of research never conducted before, but also of listening, reflection and stimulation for the synodal delegates, but also for the young people themselves. Addressing themselves directly to the internet, an online questionnaire was created accessible via the web in seven different languages, proposed by the official accounts of Pope Francis, the Holy Church and the Vatican, in the summer and autumn of 2017. Potentially they were interviewed young people from all over the world who have access to the web, with the intention of reaching the widest possible number. The objectives of the investigation were different. Initially give young people the opportunity to talk about themselves, express themselves, provide ideas and contributions for the synodal work, actively giving body, through their answers, to the document of the Instrumentum Laboris. Subsequently the collected material constituted an unprecedented informative heritage, a portrait of young people from all over the world and at 360 degrees. The research has many strengths and interests, but also some limitations: the one, in particular, of not being rigorously representative in a statistical sense, given that the participation was exclusively voluntary and based only on self-selection criteria of the sample. It is therefore not a question of a probabilistic or quasi-probabilistic type of sampling. The results of the fact-finding survey, although based on a self-selected population of respondents (those who chose to participate in the survey), represent a unique informative heritage, especially in the range of age choice (16-29 years), which represents almost all respondents. Although not having any inferential value, the portrait that emerges from this research is particularly consistent and robust for those who find themselves in the conditions of future planning of their lives. In addition to the traditional questionnaire with closed answers, characteristic of the surveys of the Youth Report, final open-ended questions were proposed, in which young people were able to freely express their closeness to the Church and tell something about themselves. Also these questions, not specifically analyzed in the present contribution, were particularly considered by the respondents, constituting a further valid reflection tool for the synod works. This contribution is divided into four sections: the first contains the data relating to the sample of respondents; in the second the public dimension is investigated, within which the relationship of young people with the main dimensions of social, public and institutional life is analyzed, such as work, participation, trust and association commitment; in the third paragraph the relationship with the sphere of social networks and soft skills is investigated, which constitutes, for the young generations, an entry point to what we have defined above as "public dimension"; in the fourth paragraph, we focus on the personal, more intimate dimension linked to the sphere of the relationship with the Church and religion. Finally, in the fifth paragraph, the observations are summarized with a final overview. The chapter is inspired by a monograph [Synod of Bishops 2018], edited by the Youth Observatory of the Toniolo Institute, where details are presented
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] A window on the world. The results of the survey on young people in preparation for the Youth Synod
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLa condizione giovanile in Italia Rapporto Giovani 2019
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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