Family Support and Youth Transitions to Adulthood: Unveiling Its Impact, Interdependence, and the Role of Young People
Using quantitative (n=2942) and qualitative (n=70) data from a cohort study on young people born in 1990 in Portugal (Porto), assessed at age 13, 17, 21 and 24, the aim of the paper is to explore and challenge understandings of intergenerational support during transitions to adulthood. Data regarding leaving parental home and its reasons, as well as financial and social support received and contributed by young people, will be presented. Moreover, case studies that illustrate the role of young people in family support will be shown.
Overall results stress: i) the need to further explore conceptualisations around intergenerational family support; ii) how this support can stress the impact of family background and reproduce inequalities on transition to adulthood pathways, especially in contexts where other support mechanisms are scant; iii) the interdependence of family and its members, especially in contexts under economic crisis; iv) and, the recognition of young people also as an active agent in providing family support.