The transitions to adulthood of young people with multiple disadvantages

Parry, Jane (2006) The transitions to adulthood of young people with multiple disadvantages. In, Leccardi, C. and Ruspini , E. (eds.) A New Youth? Young People, Generations and Family. Aldershot, GB, Ashgate, 276-297.


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The transitions to adulthood debate has drawn attention to the increasingly complex and unpredictable character of young people’s movements away from their families of origin, into independent housing, and in obtaining paid employment (Iacovou and Berthoud, 2001; MacDonald et al., 2001). Young
people’s extended transitions now frequently encompass periods of extended dependency upon their families and/or the state, a phenomenon which is to some extent attributable to the contraction of the UK’s youth labour market (Furlong and Cartmel, 1997; Payne, 1998). While explanations are complex, the lengthening of the school-to-work transition in the UK appears to be, at least in part, attributable to policy decisions to prolong this period of training in response to youth unemployment (Lindley, 1996).

This chapter examines the implications of these issues for young people’s expectations and self-perceptions, with reference to a group of multiply disadvantaged young people in the UK. It draws upon qualitative research with disadvantaged young people at a stage in their lives (post-compulsory education) when they were expecting to have to made significant transitions from school to work, into their own housing, and in terms of personal relationships and family formation (Lakey et al., 2001). Semi-structured biographical interviews were employed, using a detailed topic guide. While this provided a comparable context
for the research, tracking young people’s progress through key transitions(Thomson et al., 2004), the format of the interviews varied, with interviewers employing probes and prompts to ensure that the research process reflected and
explored the diverse and individual circumstances of young people’s lives.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0754644227 (hardback)
9780754644224 (hardback)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Social Sciences > Sociology & Social Policy
ePrint ID: 208235
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Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 11:28
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:48

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