Vulnerable youth in general are perceived as a group whose hierarchy of values differs from the whole of the population of young people. This article, based on our research, studies the immediate environment of young people and analyses the perception that families and teachers have of their values. The specific study takes as samples families that meet the criteria of vulnerability (n=393); non-vulnerable families (n=419) and teachers that teach different subjects to young people (n=516). The study analyses the degree of concern of these groups with respect to certain characteristics of young people which portray specific values or conducts that demonstrate those values. The results display a high concern of all groups for future employment and consumption of drugs and alcohol; whereas significant differences were revealed regarding concerns about the lack of values, lack of motivation, lack of life expectations, lack of responsibility, criminal behaviour and school failure.
The aim of the present article is to present, analyze and reflect upon empirical data on the evaluation of the attitudes of students of the University of Salamanca concerning three fundamental concepts: University, students and teachers, using Osgood's semantic Differential technique. Once diverse techniques were applied for obtaining and specifying the different adjectives to evaluate the three concepts mentioned above, we selected the ten dualities that best discriminate according to a previous sample. The results indicate that, according to the mean, the University is the strongest, most consistent, most important and best known, as well as the least critical. The students are evaluated as being the nicest, most open and most flexible as well as the least strong, consistent and serious. The teachers are considered to be the most serious, and, at the same time, the least nice, important, open, flexible and known.
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