We explored the phenomenon of the transition to adulthood focusing on how young people cope with various developmental tasks in relation to their expectations, future projects, fears and indecision in two Italian regional areas characterized by different trends in youth employability, higher educational attainment and family formation process. We measured perception of one's adulthood, self-reported satisfaction, independence, perceived support regarding personal affections and practical and economical issues, personal projections, future life's choices. We also explored perception of self-fulfillment for the future concerning personal goals in life, such as in the spheres of work, studies and economic autonomy together with expectations for the quality of personal interrelations. 160 students (Mage=22.6; SD=2.77; Range=19-35) from the Universities of Turin and Palermo took part in this study. Sub-groups differed on adult self-perception, self-reported satisfaction, independence, perceived support and self-fulfillment. Psychological and economic independence from the family of origin was most perceived by the participants from Turin who reported a higher degree of satisfaction regarding their choice of studies and their future perspective of self-fulfillment at work. Young people from Palermo highlighted personal affections as an important source of perceived support.

Transition to Adulthood across Italy: a Comparison between Northern and Southern Italian Young Adults

PIUMATTI, Giovanni;LATINA, DELIA;RABAGLIETTI, Emanuela
2014

Abstract

We explored the phenomenon of the transition to adulthood focusing on how young people cope with various developmental tasks in relation to their expectations, future projects, fears and indecision in two Italian regional areas characterized by different trends in youth employability, higher educational attainment and family formation process. We measured perception of one's adulthood, self-reported satisfaction, independence, perceived support regarding personal affections and practical and economical issues, personal projections, future life's choices. We also explored perception of self-fulfillment for the future concerning personal goals in life, such as in the spheres of work, studies and economic autonomy together with expectations for the quality of personal interrelations. 160 students (Mage=22.6; SD=2.77; Range=19-35) from the Universities of Turin and Palermo took part in this study. Sub-groups differed on adult self-perception, self-reported satisfaction, independence, perceived support and self-fulfillment. Psychological and economic independence from the family of origin was most perceived by the participants from Turin who reported a higher degree of satisfaction regarding their choice of studies and their future perspective of self-fulfillment at work. Young people from Palermo highlighted personal affections as an important source of perceived support.
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Transition to adulthood; emerging adulthood; Italy
G. Piumatti; L. Pipitone; A. M. Di Vita; D. Latina; E. Rabaglietti
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