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ERIC Number: EJ832171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
All in the Family? The Structure and Meaning of Family Life among Young People
Turtiainen, Pirjo; Karvonen, Sakari; Rahkonen, Ossi
Journal of Youth Studies, v10 n4 p477-493 Sep 2007
The aim of this article is to explore young people's everyday family life with special reference to the use of time. First, we ask what kinds of activities young people engage in with their families, what kinds of families spend most time together, and whether this has changed over time. These analyses were based on two surveys conducted in the school setting in 1998 (N = 2420) and in 2004 (N = 2477). Second, we analyse the way young people perceive family life when talking about their life (34 interviews carried out in 2000/01). All participants were in their final year of the secondary school (i.e. 15-year-olds). The family meal and watching television were the most common family activities. High use of time was more typical of families with both birth parents whereas the level of education or region of residence did not make a difference. Contrary to public views on eroding family lives, young people spend more time with their families than before. The importance of the family for young people's well-being was also emphasised in the interviews. Use of time was more complex than simple quantity. The quality of time appears to be essential. Intense family time may even imply problematic peer relationships. It is important to avoid simplistic conclusions concerning family time. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Finland