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"Family Comes First!" Relationships with family and friends in Italian emerging adults

By Elisabetta Crocetti and Wim Meeus

Abstract

We conducted two studies to examine relationships with family and friends in Italian emerging adults, paying attention to the potential moderating role of gender and occupational status. In Study I, we aimed at capturing emerging adults' perspective on interactions with both family and friends by means of a qualitative approach. Participants were 39 emerging adults (51% males), who were interviewed individually or within a focus group. In Study II, we sought to examine how family and friend importance to identity were related to life satisfaction through a quantitative approach. Participants were 474 (47.3% males) emerging adults who filled a self-report questionnaire. Overall, findings indicated solid family ties and a strong impact of family importance to identity for life satisfaction. Results were independent of gender and occupational status (university students vs. workers). Thus, findings highlighted that in the Italian context young people's transition to adulthood is strongly intertwined with family relationships

Topics: Emerging adults, Family, Friends, Gender, Life satisfaction, Occupation, Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Psychiatry and Mental health, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Social Psychology
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.02.012
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.library.uu.nl:1874/303695
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