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Exploring the experiences of NEET‑situated young people within the context of the COVID‑19 pandemic using resonance theory
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2471-3788
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5902-3798
2024 (English)In: Journal of Applied Youth Studies, ISSN 2204-9193Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study explores the experiences of young people who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET) within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden, using resonance theory as an analytical lens. It contributes knowledge about the importance of school and work (or lack thereof) for these youths during a time of uncertainty and gives insight into their quality of life and well-being from a social and relational perspective. The findings shed light on how the COVID-19 pandemic aggravated an already strained situation for this group while highlighting the importance of relationships, not only with friends and family, but with society as a whole. Adopting a non-materialistic approach to NEET situated young people's quality of life and well-being allowed resonant experiences to become evident in various aspects of their lives, which may be overlooked if the norms of an educationally underpinned work-centrism are in focus. The study calls for a broadened view on what constitutes or characterizes a good life for young people at the margins of the labor market and education system, while emphasizing the need to move beyond narrow concerns about integration into education or employment, towards focusing on their well-being.

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Springer, 2024.
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NEET-situated young people, COVID-19, Well-being, Sweden
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-220946DOI: 10.1007/s43151-024-00119-0Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85185126459OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-220946DiVA, id: diva2:1837940
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021–01487Available from: 2024-02-15 Created: 2024-02-15 Last updated: 2024-03-21

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