Socio-Demographic Vulnerability of Youth

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For a kind of inertia effect, the Italian welfare state protects today the old agetoo intensely while little the new risks associated with other phases of life course.Young Italians seem to suffer the actual changes: “youth remain longer in parentalhome and postpone the creation of its own independent life to most advancedage”. To understand the vulnerability situation increasingly widespreading amongyoung people, it seems more and more necessary the depth analysis of the reasonsand the subjective status of this discomfort that occur through a delay in transitionto adulthood. In particular we study the self-perceived vulnerability situation ofyoung Italians in the labor market (both in terms of quantity and quality of employment),in education (both in terms of results and time needed to achieve), inleaving parental home and building a new family, to understand what is the subjectivestatus that prevents young people from planning an adult life, having a partnerand possibly having a child. In order to study the subjective well-being of youthwe use the Italian Multiaim Survey named “Famiglia, soggetti sociali e condizioni dell’infanzia”carried out in 2003 that contains question on opinion about the maindemographic choices of life. Specifically our analysis discusses the concept of sociodemographicvulnerability and the strengths and weaknesses of different indicators.We consider the principles underlying the construction of indicators, the definitionof indicators, and the issues that arise in their implementation. This papertries to bring together theoretical and methodological methods in the measurementof socio-demographic vulnerability with the empirical practice of socialpolicy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine382
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008


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