Youth Voice Journal (YVJ™) is the world's leading peer-reviewed journal publishing theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people and youth work. YVJ™ is published by RJ4All Publications and is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO and ERIH PLUS.

Ntokozo Mthembu (2016) “Youth challenges in the transition to adulthood in a South African township”

The aim of the study was to discover youth experiences in relation to the impact of unemployment to their transition to adulthood by employing a positive youth developmental framework as suggested by Jenson, Alter, Nicotera, Anthony and Forrest-Bank (2012). Data was collected from a sample of youth between the ages of 18 and 29 years by means of in-depth interviews and focus group interviews. Theoretical thematic analysis was applied to interpret the findings. The participants’ narratives revealed the impact of unemployment and their challenges to meet their personal needs. The findings revealed that the impact of unemployment contributes to young people adopting delinquent behaviour of which facilitates their failure to enjoy appropriate transition to adulthood. The findings also propose that participants believed that unemployed youth normally experience difficulties in their daily lives of which lead some of them to be idle or participate in the informal trade such as informal trade to procure their livelihoods. Furthermore, youth perceive unemployment as the root cause to their vulnerability and discouragement in life. Although this article attempts to reveal the experiences of township youth in the post-apartheid era, but the limited sample size would not able to facilitate its generalisation. Given the scarcity of similar literature focusing on South Africa, the present study provides a baseline analysis of the scope of the challenges that the youth encounter.

Keywords: youth, unemployment, vulnerability, challenges, alternative strategies, transition

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About Youth Voice Journal

Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by RJ4All Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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This entry was posted on December 29, 2016 by in Citizenship.

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