Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 3

Students in times of pandemic: Employment, living conditions, and health. Case studies from Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus

Zofia Kawczyńska-Butrym, Viktoriya Pantyley, Marek Butrym, Ganna Kisla, Liudmila Fakeyeva

Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 3, pp. 429-440 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0213

The article draws attention to the importance of gainful employment of students. The pandemic has largely limited such opportunities. Study objective: Determination of the scope in which students recognise limitation, its consequences for their plans regarding continuation of university education, life priorities and health self-assessment. The online survey involved the participation of a total of 380 students from Poland, Ukraine,and Belarus. Results: Demonstrated loss of employment, worsening of material situation, declared changes in plans of continuation of university education. Moreover, the respondents assessed their state of health as worse due to the occurrence or intensification of psychosomatic symptoms.

Keywords: student, COVID-19, employment, standard of living, health

Zofia Kawczyńska-Butrym [zofia.kawczynska-butrym@poczta.umcs.lublin.pl], Institute of Sociology Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin Maria Curie-Skłodowska, 4, 20-031 Lublin: Poland
Viktoriya Pantyley [wiktoria.pantylej@poczta.umcs.lublin.pl], Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin Kraśnicka, 2 cd, 20-718 Lublin: Poland
Marek Butrym [m.butrym@uksw.edu.pl], Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw Wóycickiego, 1/3, building 23, 01-938 Warsaw: Poland
Ganna Kisla [kisla.ann@gmail.com], Faculty of Socio-Economic Education National Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Kyiv Pyrogova, 9, 01-601 Kyiv: Ukraine
Liudmila Fakeyeva [fakeyeva@gmail.com], Faculty of International Relations Belarusian State University, Minsk Leningradskaya, 20, 220-030 Minsk: Belarus