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The Role of Families in Shaping Youth Social Participation: Evidence from Singapore

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  • Irene Y.H. Ng

    (Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore, Singapore)

  • Kong Weng Ho

    (Division of Economics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

  • K.C. Ho

    (Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Abstract

Youth 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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  • Irene Y.H. Ng & Kong Weng Ho & K.C. Ho, 2008. "The Role of Families in Shaping Youth Social Participation: Evidence from Singapore," Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series 0801, Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre.
  • Handle: RePEc:nan:wpaper:0801
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    1. Thomas Deleire & Ariel Kalil, 2002. "Good things come in threes: Single-parent multigenerational family structure and adolescent adjustment," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 39(2), pages 393-413, May.
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    youth participation; family challenge; family support; social class;

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