Who are Italian “NEETs”? “Trust in institutions, political engagement, willingness to be activated and attitudes toward the future in a group at risk for social exclusion

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Abstract

Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) young people are an emerging at-risk-of-social exclusion group in contemporary society. The present research aimed to investigate NEETs’ sociodemographic characteristics and some variables crucial in the transition to adulthood: perceptions about the future job opportunities, their desire to start a family, perceptions about the future, trust in the institutions and social participation. We also aimed to compare NEET and non-NEET young people on these variables to understand what are the determinants of their political and social commitment. Results on a study led to 8112 Italians, aged between 19-29, show that NEETs and non-NEETs are not evenly distributed in the country and by gender. NEETs are generally youngsters desiring to start a family, but with low levels of trust in the future, in other people and in institutions. As part of their risk of social exclusion, they have lower rates of social participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-306
Number of pages22
JournalRivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali
Volume2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • NEET

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