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Young Peoples Strategies for Handling Economic Adversity: Extending the Research Agenda
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4538-6555
2016 (English)In: Young : Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1741-3222, Vol. 24, no 4, 309-325 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As an extension of the research into strategies for handling economic adversity of young people in poor families, this study examines strategy use in the context of middle-income families affected by unemployment. Interviews with 39 young people in previously comfortably-off families where one or both of the parents had become unemployed were conducted. The purpose was to explore how, in a Swedish context, young people think about and respond to situations following a drastic reduction in family income. Results indicate that while the strategies used by these young people are generally similar to those in poor families, no use of avoidance-oriented strategies was found. This, it is argued, is because parental unemployment and financial adversity are not perceived as stigmatizing.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 24, no 4, 309-325 p.
Keyword [en]
Economic adversity, parents unemployment, childhood, children’s agency, children’s strategies
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9914DOI: 10.1177/1103308816632125ISI: 000386700200003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84991826982OAI: diva2:971319
Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-16 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved

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