Voices of Transition: The Role of Families in Young People’s Transitions
The data base consists of biographic-narrative interviews with 107 young people (39 girls, 69 boys) aged between 13 and 16, coming from families mainly with underprivileged socio-economic and many with migration backgrounds. At the time of the interviews, far-reaching choices had to be made, as respondents had to decide about their last compulsory school year, their educational future and their prospective vocational training.
Results showed a great variety in the extent of support and in respondents’ perceptions of support. While many considered parents’, siblings’ and other kin’s experiences as a valuable resource, others experienced it as hinderance. The respondents’ assessment of support by family members had a major impact for young people’s perception of their future prospects as manageable or menacing. We conclude that the family context appeared to be salient for understanding how young people travel through the demanding transition process from school to work.