Emancipation enlargement and the acquisition of autonomy by young people in Catalonia

Rafael Merino, Maribel Garcia

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This article analyses family emancipation and the transition from school to work in the context of transition to adulthood in Catalonia, and discusses some central issues of youth sociology. The data used have been provided by the 2002 Catalan Young People Survey (Casal et al.,2004), carried out in 2002 and 2003, which was commissioned by the Catalan government and managed by the Education and Work Research Group (Autonomous University of Barcelona). The survey was done with a representative sample of 2000 young people from Catalonia aged between 15 and 29. This article explains the postponement of leaving home, the new degrees of autonomy managed by young people and the relationship between the age of emancipation and the complexity of transition from school to work. Finally, we highlight some conclusions with regard to the theoretical framework and policy-making issues.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)33-47
Number of pages15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006


  • autonomy
  • emancipation
  • longitudinal studies
  • transition to adult life
  • youth


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