Document Type : Review Article


Postgraduate Institute of Humanities & Social Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka


This study aims to identify the youth problems in Sri Lankan context from 1970 to 2020. This is a sociological study on youth problems in Sri Lanka. Among the youth issues we identify here, unemployment and the reality of working-class life, youth unrest, educational disparities and youth, class disparity and youth problems, open economy and youth, abuse of young women, ethnic crisis, and youth are mainly important. The aim of this study was to analyze the social, economic, and political factors that have affected youth issues in the contemporary era. A qualitative research method has been chosen for conducting this research. Accordingly, the youth issues that arose from 1970 to 2020 became the limits of our research. The research problem here is what are the contemporary youth problems in Sri Lanka? In this investigation, we are building the foundation that the factors that have affected the youth problems in Sri Lanka after 1970 have been ideologically influenced. The importance of this study is that it adds a new field of study to sociology, political science, and psychology. The results revealed that contemporary youth issues are more ideological than superficial. Thus, it is concluded that the influence of the ideological state apparatus has affected the youth problems in Sri Lanka.


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