Programme Grant Children and Youth: Children’s living conditions in a changing society: Socioeconomic and ethnic inequality

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Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 30/05/2012
End date: 31/12/2015
Funding: 6000000 SEK


We identify four major areas where changes have occurred that have affected young people: The family, the economy, the school, and immigration. We analyze these areas both from the perspective of young people’s own resources and social relations, and from the perspective of intergenerational processes. We ask what social and ethnic inequalities among young people exist in present-day society, and we structure relevant and testable hypotheses under five major themes: educational inequality, child poverty, school and well-being, ethnic integration, and family structure. We will study the role of school segregation for social relations, ethnic integration, and educational attainment; portray the situation for children in different family types and analyze how family life shapes their opportunities; establish how the mental well-being of young people depends on their social setting; and study child poverty from young people’s own perspective, asking whether economic vulnerability impacts social life, health and education. We use both survey and register data, including multi-wave child surveys (LNU and ULF), and a brand new (and ongoing) panel survey (CILS4EU), which contains rich longitudinal multiple-source (child, parent, teacher, register) data on family situation, living conditions, social relations, health and well-being, as well as detailed measures of ethnic and social background. The project has, as an important feature, an internationally comparative dimension, involving directly comparable data (and collaborators) from Germany, England, and the Netherlands. The project group, centered around the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University, is highly qualified for this endeavour, being conducive in gathering pioneering and internationally comparative data on young people, being experts in field-specific theory, and highly skilled in quantitative methods of analysis.

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