Three generations of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) in England and Wales – household composition and care responsibilities

Xun, W., Marshall, C., Lacy, R., Jivraj, S. & Shelton, N. (2016) British Society for Population Studies Annual Conference, Winchester, UK, 12 - 14 September 2016 [ONS LS]

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Worklessness at early stages in the life-course can have long-term effects on health status in later life through the accumulation of socio-economic disadvantages. There is extensive evidence on which individual characteristics are associated with youth worklessness, but fewer studies focused on the role of the wider picture of the household and caring responsibilities may affect economic activity statuses in young people. This study of people aged 15/16-24 explores the associations between the status of not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and baseline household composition, in three representative, cross-sectional samples of 1% of the England and Wales census population drawn at 1971, 1991 and 2011 from the Longitudinal Study (ONS LS). Three aspects of household composition and NEET status are investigated: child, spousal and parental characteristics. Preliminary findings from age-adjusted logistic regression analysis showed that for women, having childcare responsibilities verses those who did not, had increased odds of NEET status for both married- and lone-mothers, verses married couples without children as reference. Unmarried men were more likely to be NEETs compared to their married counterparts, although this is inversed in women. For those with parents present in the same household, having parents who work reduced the odds of being NEETs in young people of both genders. Further results will also be presented on the influences of spousal and parental caring responsibilities.

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Output from project: 0301616


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