Tuesday, March 25, 2014



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)






[full-text, 28 pages]


Author: Foundation


Summary: This policy brief highlights findings on a specific topic from Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) that is of particular interest from a policy perspective. It brings results of the analysis of these data together with evidence from other Eurofound projects to formulate a number of policy pointers. The focus of this policy brief is the quality of life of young people in Europe, focusing on dimensions such as living arrangements, social exclusion, relationships and sources of support, as well as participation in society and social/cultural activities.


Key findings

- In 2011 more young people lived with their parents than in 2007, with young men more likely to find themselves living with parents.


- Both unemployed young people seeking work and inactive young people would like to work if they could freely choose their working hours. This includes inactive young mothers and fathers looking after their children.


- Young people have more face-to-face and phone or email contact with friends and family than do older groups. In addition, young people in all life circumstances are more satisfied with their life in general, their social life and family life than people in older age groups.


- Unemployed and inactive young people give a comparatively low rating for their subjective well-being.


- Young people are more likely to face moderate levels of deprivation than older groups (not being able to afford new furniture, holidays or dinner guests), but less likely to face more severe forms of deprivation (in terms of lacking food, heating and new clothes).


-Deprivation has increased for young people of all social backgrounds since 2007 in nearly all EU countries, especially for those who are living in extended families with their parents and their own children; such people are likely to be unable to move out of the family home.


- Unemployed and inactive young people are more likely than others to feel socially excluded, to feel lonely, to face a lack of social support, and to have lower levels of mental well-being.


- Young people are less likely to trust institutions now (in 2014) than they did in 2007 – with the exception of the police, whom they trust as much as before.


- Young people are more likely than older people to perceive tensions between ethnic or religious groups, as well as between groups of different sexual orientation.




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