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Trends in adolescent time use in the United Kingdom

Ann Hagell, Stephen C. Peck and Nicole Zarrett

in Changing Adolescence

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9781447301042
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447307242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.003.0004
Trends in adolescent time use in the United Kingdom

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Understanding what young people are doing and who they are doing it with is an important anchor for understanding how things have changed for them over time. There is a growing literature on time use, and many countries now have regular Time Use Surveys. The literature suggests some ways in which it might matter for positive youth development. This chapter reviews the literature and also presents some new analyses of two British Time Use surveys from the 1970s and 2000, specifically extracting the data for adolescents. Several interesting findings emerge, many relating to the changes to educational and employment opportunities particularly for the 16-18 age group.

Keywords: Time use; Adolescent; Mental health; Constructive activities; Unconstructive activities; School; Leisure; Socialisation

Chapter.  10407 words.  Illustrated.

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