• Nadezhda Parfenova Pskov State University
  • Diana Gribanova Pskov State University
Keywords: structural and content-related components of confidence, Internet communication, uncertainty, behavior strategies


The paper substantiates the tendency of student youth to Internet communication and active inclusion in information communication in virtual media space and the increase of the trusting attitude of young people to Internet resources. The authors specify the theoretical and methodological limitations in the study of Internet communication. The authors substantiate theoretically and methodologically the conceptual scheme of the study from the perspective of system approach and the psychology of relations, which reveals the main components of the phenomenon of the student youth’s confidence in Internet communication and their components. The authors describe confidence as an integral attitude through the private matters (attitude to the information from Internet resources; the modality of attitude to the influence of information on young people in the process of Internet communication; attitude to the search for information to find the way out of a jam) and consider the concept of trust attitude to the Internet communication of the student youth in the correlation with the trust attitude of student youth to the world and surrounding community. The paper highlights the specifics of Internet communication as the data exchange in the global net. To measure the components of trust attitude, the authors developed and tested standardized scales for students according to the psychometric indicators. The paper proposes the measuring procedure based on the theory of general systems and probability regularities of the reflexive forecast, which allowed identifying positive, negative, and uncertain attitude to the confidence in Internet communication.

The authors describe structural and content-related characteristics of the components of confidence in Internet communication (informative-cognitive, emotional-estimative, and behavioral) based on the empirical data obtained in the result of the study of a representative sample of student youth and generalized using factor analysis.

The paper presents the results of the student youth distribution according to the ratio of trust attitude to Internet communication and the trusting attitude to the world and the surrounding community.

Author Biographies

Nadezhda Parfenova, Pskov State University

PhD (Psychology), Associate Professor, assistant professor of Chair of Psychology and Support of Child’s Development

Diana Gribanova, Pskov State University

PhD (Psychology), assistant professor of Chair of Psychology and Support of Child’s Development


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Psychological Sciences