Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People in Queensland: Waves 2 and 3 of Longitudinal Study (2008–2011)
This research will conduct the second and third waves of a longitudinal study of a large cohort (n=6200) of young Queenslanders. It examines how young people think about their futures when institutions, norms and values appear to be rapidly changing, and how their aspirations, identities, attitudes and values develop and change during adolescence. It examines how these changes are linked to pathways through education, family and into the labour market. The project combines large scale survey research with in-depth interviewing to undertake a comprehensive empirical assessment of some influential theoretical claims about social life in contemporary societies.