“It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know”? Social Capital in Transition(s) to ‘Early Adulthood' – a Longitudinal Study
So, we asked: does social capital change in transition to early adulthood? And how do young people actively generate, negotiate, and use their social capital? To address these questions, we use data from the EPITeen cohort study of young people in Portugal to examine the social capital of individuals surveyed at ages 17, 21, and 24 (n=1650). In a mixed-methods approach, we also rely on 70 semi-structured interviews. The preliminary findings show that respondents report receiving more emotional than financial support from their networks, but that both emotional and financial support statistically increase over time. Likewise, bonding and bridging also change positively in transition to adulthood. We contextualize these results with our qualitative data and discuss its implications for family and youth studies.