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Stressful situations in the lives of the Ukrainians, 2017

Prepared by Tetiana Piaskovska

On December 1-14, 2017, Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) conducted its own public opinion poll. Data were collected from 2039 respondents living in all oblasts of Ukraine (except for the AR of Crimea) with the method of personal interviewing. In Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts survey was conducted only in the territories that are controlled by the Ukrainian government. The sample is representative of the population of Ukraine aged 18 and above.

The statistical sampling error (with a probability of 0.95 and for a design effect of 1.5) does not exceed: 3.3% — for indexes close to 50%, 2.8% — for indexes close to 25%, 2.0% — for indexes close to 10%, 1.4% — for indexes close to 5%.

The changes in the situation with stress in the lives of Ukrainians happened over the year is the subject of this press release.

According to a recent KIIS study, 53% of those polled experienced some sort of stressful situation in 2017. Compared to 2016, their number has decreased by 5 percentage points (in 2016 it was 58%). Compared to 2016, the number of those who survived the illness of relatives, death of relatives and lost faith in people has decreased.

The number of those who did not experience any stressful situation increased by 5 percentage points (it was 37% in 2016, it was 42% in 2017).

Most often in 2017, the Ukrainians were experiencing eight types of stressful situations:

  • Feeling of own helplessness - 13% of those polled, same percentage as in 2016

  • Serious illness of a significant other - 12% (was 13% in 2016)

  • Serious illness and surgery - 9% (decrease by 2 percentage points, was 11% in 2016)

  • Loss of belief in people, facing the meanness - 8% (decrease by 6 percentage points, was 14% in 2016)

  • Left with no livelihood - 8% (was 9% in 2016)

  • Overcame the death of a significant other - 7% (decrease by 2 percentage points, was 9% in 2016)

  • Job loss and forced unemployment - 7% (was 6% in 2016).


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