The Role of Families in Shaping Youth Social Participation: Evidence from Singapore
AbstractYouth participation in social groups is important in developing skills and experience for successful transition to adulthood. What kinds of families do youth who are active in social groups and who take on leadership positions come from? Using data from the National Youth Survey 2005, this research studies the social participation of Singaporean youth aged 15 -18. Through probit regression analysis, it examines how youth participation in Singapore is associated with two types of family characteristics. First, it examines the role of maternal education. As a proxy for social class, maternal education represents the roles of cultural capital formation and concerted involvement by middle class parents. Second, it studies the role of family challenge and support. Maternal education is found to predict both high participation and leadership. While additional family challenge induces greater participation, family support increases participation only when the level of support is high.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Nanyang Technolgical University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Economic Growth centre in its series Economic Growth centre Working Paper Series with number 0801.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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youth participation; family challenge; family support; social class;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-05-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEV-2008-05-17 (Development)
- NEP-HRM-2008-05-17 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2008-05-17 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-SEA-2008-05-17 (South East Asia)
- NEP-SOC-2008-05-17 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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