Extended Youth Transitions and Social Exclussion

  • Abbas, Andrea (PI)
  • MacDonald, Robert (PI)
  • Shildrick, Tracy (CoI)
  • Simpson, Donald (PI)
  • Simpson, Mark (CoI)
  • Cieslik, Mark (CoI)

Project: Project at a former HEI

Project Details


This project explored the developing lives of a group of young adults who had been part of an earlier project on youth transitions. A selected sample of 30 young people from the original project were interviewed. All thirty came from economically disadvantaged contexts in the North East of England. Ten of the participants had originally had transitions that were characterised by drugs and crime; ten had become parents at a very young age; and a third group of ten were trying to escape their financial circumstances through education and training.

Layman's description

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Key findings

This study set out to explore what had become
of young people living in the poorest
neighbourhoods of the poorest town in Britain,
several years after we first contacted them. As
they moved into young adulthood, had their
longer-term experiences of disadvantage changed
or stayed the same? While individuals reported
feeling considerable subjective change in their
lives, because of key turning points and critical
moments (especially in respect of family and
housing, and among offenders and dependent
drug users), their objective circumstances had
remained constant and their experiences of
poverty persisted.
Despite continued commitment to finding and
getting better work, most were still experiencing
poor, low-waged, intermittent work at the bottom
of the labour market. After obtaining poor school
qualifications, further poor quality training and
education had not improved their employment
prospects. This lack of progression had
ramifications in other aspects of their lives,
resulting in social exclusion

Short title30,000
StatusNot started

Research Output

Poor transitions: social exclusion and young adults

Webster, C., Simpson, D., MacDonald, R., Abbas, A., Ceislik, M. & Shildrick, T., 2015, Policy Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook