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How a lot are youth drawn to politics? Are they prepared for political participation? What do they give thought to democracy, often in addition to in regards to the one they adventure? How do their attitudes boost and to what volume are their perspectives motivated via their parents?

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Weak pupils with poor performance at school were stabilized through integration in a social world. The world was less segmented in the GDR than it was in the West. It may be that those adolescents who were too young to attend school in 1990, 17 Of course, supporting the process of maturation and the development of an autonomous, responsible personality is also an aim of school education in Western countries, but it is less stressed and certainly less concrete. 44 Hilke Rebenstorf and Karin Weiss which means those born after 1984, don't feel this lack of integration, but their parents certainly still do.

According to the 13th Shell youth study, a periodic nationwide study of the situation of youth in Germany, more than half of all youngsters see their personal future as positive (Deutsche Shell 2000: 23), while those youngsters who cannot share the optimistic view clearly tend to come from disadvan- 50 Hilke Rebenstorf and Karin Weiss taged families with a lower educational level and a high rate of unemployment. We fmd more disadvantaged youngsters in the new states of Germany than in the old ones.

Adolescents believe more in non-governmental organizations than in governmental institutions, and a growing distance to official politics in general can be observed (Fischer 2000: 263ft). 7 percent of all adolescents are willing to join a political movement, while more males than females are willing to do so (Sturzbecher et al. 2001: 94ft). Whether this figure should be regarded as low or high is a matter of interpretation. Adolescents also show only a low degree of party organization - around 3 percent - but also adults are also organized to less than 4 percent (Wiesendahl 1997: 354t).

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