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89 Families, Relationships and Societies • vol 8 • no 1 • 89–104 • © Policy Press 2019 Print ISSN 2046 7435 • Online ISSN 2046 7443 • Accepted for publication 22 July 2017 • First published online 02 August 2017 article Comparative life experiences: young adult siblings with and without disabilities’ different understandings of their respective life experiences during young adulthood Ariella Meltzer, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Research shows that siblings of people

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impact their retirement timing and pension contributions ( Widmer and Ritschard, 2009 ; Madero-Cabib and Fasang, 2016 ; Mortelmans and Frans, 2017 ). Within the course of women’s lives, the years of young adulthood – defined as the age span from 25 to 39 – is a highly decisive stage for their employment pathways. Life-course research has analysed various characteristics associated with this age range that significantly influence women’s work trajectories, such as marriage, childbirth, and education ( Drobnič et al. 1999 ). Existing scholarship has highlighted that

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Key messages There is an unmet need for monitoring mental health across early development. We test a new monitoring system that maps development from early childhood to young adulthood. This brings intergenerational benefit, establishing secure foundations for improved mental health. Developmentally integrated data provide robust evidence to inform policy and resource allocation. Background Children and young people are facing futures that are filled with considerable promise but also considerable challenge ( Clark et al, 2020 ). Equipping young

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135 6 Economic hardship in young adulthood: a cause for concern or a matter of course while settling into the Swedish labour market? Anna Kahlmeter Introduction Young adulthood is a formative phase when youths are expected to become independent by way of a gradual movement through education, family formation and establishment in the labour market. While there is a long history of interest in young people’s lives, concerns for youth poverty and unemployment have been placed further up on the agenda during the past decades, perhaps due to a change in

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Key messages Socio-economic disadvantage can adversely impact on mental health. Addressing socio-economic disparities is critical to improving population mental health. Aspects of good mental health in young adulthood were related to socio-economic circumstances as far back as infancy. Greater attention is needed to promoting positive aspects of mental health for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Socio-economically disadvantaged adults have higher rates of psychological disorder ( Silva et al, 2016 ), and lower levels of psychosocial

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Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2020

Leading experts in the field present an up-to-date and diverse review of the best in social policy scholarship over the past year.

This volume considers current issues and critical debates in the UK and the international social policy field. It contains vital research on race in social policy higher education and analyses how welfare states and policies address the economic and social hardship of young people. The contributors also consider the impacts of austerity on the welfare state, homelessness, libraries and other social policy areas.

Published in association with the Social Policy Association, this comprehensive volume will be of interest to students and academics in social policy, social welfare and related disciplines.

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In the last 20 years, state care in China has shifted away from institutional care, towards alternative care that recognises children’s rights to an inclusive childhood and adulthood. This book reviews changes in policy and practices that affected the generation of young people who grew up in state care in China during this time.

The young people themselves give their perspectives on their childhood, their current experiences and their future plans for independence. These insights, combined with analysis of national state care datasets and policy documents, provide answers to questions about the impact of different types of alternative care on young people’s experiences, the impact on their identity and their capacity to live independently, finding a job, a home and relationships.

All countries continue to struggle with how to improve the quality child protection practices and alternatives to group care. The results here provide evidence to researchers, governments and professionals to help to improve social inclusion by changing institutionalisation practices.

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New relationships in later life

To begin new relationships in later life is increasingly common in large parts of the Western world. This timely book addresses the gap in knowledge about late life repartnering and provides a comprehensive map of the changing landscape of late life intimacy.

Part of the Ageing in a Global Context series, the book examines the changing structural conditions of intimacy and ageing in late modernity. How do longer lives, changing norms and new technologies affect older people’s relationship careers, their attitudes to repartnering and in the formation of new relationships? Which forms do these new unions take? What does a new intimate relationship offer older men and women and what are the consequences for social integration? What is the role and meaning of sex?

By introducing a gains-perspective the book challenges stereotypes of old age as a period of loss and decline. It also challenges the image of older people as conservative, and instead presents them as an avant-garde that often experiment with new ways of being together.

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Identities and Inequalities in an Unravelling Europe

In an age when the next generation have worse prospects than those of their parents, this book appraises the challenges young people face resulting from the instability of their lives.

Based on youth experience of education, employment and political participation in England and Germany, the book examines the impact of digitalisation in the context of rising inequality, accelerating technological transformation, fragile European institutions, growing nationalism and mental and economic stress arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The insights gained point to young peoples’ agency as central to acquiring the skills and resources needed to shape their future in the digital society.

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European Perspectives in Family and Society

Population ageing today affects most industrialised countries, and it will have an impact on many facets of the social system. Intergenerational relationships will play a key role in dealing with the demographical and societal change. This book provides innovative views in the multidisciplinary research field of intergenerational family relations in society, with a focus on Europe. Different, but complementary, perspectives are integrated in one volume bringing together international scholars from sociology, psychology and economics. The book's chapters are grouped into three thematic sections which cover conceptual issues, multigenerational and cross-cultural perspectives, as well as applied issues. Implications for research, policy and practice are addressed and suggestions for future directions are discussed. By raising recent discussions on controversial issues, this book will stimulate the current discourse at various levels. Intergenerational relations in society and family will be equally interesting for researchers, advanced-level students and stakeholders in the fields of social policy, population ageing and intergenerational family relationships.

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