Social background and life-course risks as determinants of social assistance receipt among young adults in Sweden, Norway and Finland

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Social background and life-course risks as determinants of social assistance receipt among young adults in Sweden, Norway and Finland
Author(s) Kauppinen, Timo ; Angelin, Anna ; Lorentzen, Thomas ; Bäckman, Olof ; Salonen, Tapio ; Moisio, Pasi ; Dahl, Espen
Date 2014
English abstract
We analyse the determinants of social assistance receipt among young adults in three Nordic countries, focusing on social-background and life-course events during early adulthood. We ask whether they are related differently to short-term and long-term receipt. Short-term poverty could be more individualized than long-term poverty which can be expected to be more strongly related to social background. We applied generalized ordinal logit modelling to longitudinal register-based data. Both social-background and life-course factors were found to be important, but our results did not confirm the hypothesis of social background predicting mostly long-term receipt and life-course factors predicting mostly short-term receipt. Leaving the parental home early and parental social assistance receipt were important determinants of social assistance receipt, and both factors predicted longer duration of receipt as well. We found some differences between the countries, which may be related to differences in youth unemployment and social welfare systems.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0958928714525818 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Journal of European Social Policy;3
Volume 24
ISSN 0958-9287
Pages 273-288
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) life course
Nordic countries
social assistance
social background
young adults
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18364 (link to this page)

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