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Families and Transitions in Europe, FATE, Final Report, EUR 21707

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00079
Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

In the context of the rapid social change that has occurred over the last three decades in relation to young people's transitions to work and independent adulthood, alongside the changing nature of families the FATE research project aimed to begin to try and make linkages to areas of research and policy which up to now have not been linked in a systematic way. In doing so a number of specific aspects of young people's lives were examined through qualitative research with young people and their parents and a survey of young people in educational institutions in 9 local regions in Europe (Denmark UK, Bulgaria, Germany east, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands and Germany west); Thematic dimensions to the research included education to work transitions, young people's transitions from the parental home, parental support, family cultures and representations of adulthood and life plans. This summary highlights some of the key aspects of the FATE findings according to each of these dimensions of the study, and attempts to draw these inter-linked but disparate themes into a European comparative perspective on transitions regimes and Integrated Transition Policies. Finally the findings of the project are related to European policy discourses on Lifelong Learning, Employment and Social Inclusion.

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