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Success and Wellbeing of Young Persons in Switzerland: Capacity, Education, and Occupation

English title Success and Wellbeing of Young Persons in Switzerland: Capacity, Education, and Occupation
Applicant Bergman Manfred Max
Number 130042
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Institut für Soziologie Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.06.2010 - 31.05.2012
Approved amount 96'213.00
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Keywords (8)

success; wellbeing; adolescents; Switzerland; Bourdieu; transition; longitudinal analysis; longitudinal analysis.

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
Background: Wellbeing features prominently in an ever-increasing amount of literature in the social sciences on social, psychological, and economic consequences of educational outcomes. This holds true not only for the research literature but also for policy documents. Moreover, recent findings emphasize effects of individualization and globalization on the dynamic relation between wellbeing and adolescents` pathways.Goals: In this project, we will conduct a systematic sociological analysis on how wellbeing may relate to Swiss adolescents` pathways in terms of educational and occupational success. The aim is to adapt our sociological model to the specific educational and economic Swiss context, while, concurrently, integrating international theoretical models of wellbeing and education.The project focuses on three interrelated research aims:1.Systematize educational and occupational success, encompassing health and wellbeing.2.Describe the main patterns of success of adolescents and young adults in Switzerland.3.Explore why some adolescents and young adults are successful, even though most common predictors, such as parental background, would predict them to fail, while others are unsuccessful although most predictors would predict success.Significance: The scientific contribution of our study will shed light on a sociologically relevant, albeit not yet analyzed topic in Switzerland. Our results on the relation of wellbeing and Swiss adolescents` pathways in terms of educational and occupational success will also be beneficial for practitioners, as well as for educational and labor market policies. Among other contributions, we hope to identify obstacles with regard to access to higher education or labor market entry.
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Publications

Publication
Success and Well-Being of Young Persons in Switzerland
Samuel Robin (2012), Success and Well-Being of Young Persons in Switzerland.
The Interplay Between Educational Achievement, Occupational Success, and Well-Being
Samuel Robin, Bergman Manfred Max, Hupka-Brunner Sandra (2012), The Interplay Between Educational Achievement, Occupational Success, and Well-Being, in Social Indicators Research, 1-22.
Geschlechterungleichheiten im intergenerationalen Bildungstransfer in der Schweiz
Hupka-Brunner Sandra, Samuel Robin, Huber Evéline, Bergman Manfred Max (2011), Geschlechterungleichheiten im intergenerationalen Bildungstransfer in der Schweiz, in Hadjar (ed.), VS-Verlag, Wiesbaden, 77-97.
Wie beeinflusst erfolgreicher Statustransfer zwischen den Generationen das Wohlbefinden junger Erwachsener?
Samuel Robin, Hupka-Brunner Sandra, Stalder Barbara E., Bergman Manfred Max, Wie beeinflusst erfolgreicher Statustransfer zwischen den Generationen das Wohlbefinden junger Erwachsener?, in Samuel, Bergman, Meyer, Hupka-Brunner (ed.), Springer VS, Wiesbaden.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
The Dynamics of Youth and Young Adults Transitions in Switzerland. Insights from the TREE Panel Survey 27.04.2012 Stirling, UK
The Interplay Between Educational Success, Well-Being, and Gender 27.04.2012 Stirling, UK
Gender Variations in Educational Success: Searching for Causes 03.10.2011 Luxemburg, Luxemburg
SGBF-Kongress “Bildungsreform und Reformkritik” 20.06.2011 Basel
6th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland 08.06.2011 Lausanne
Intergenerationeller Statustransfer und Well-Being 03.05.2011 Basel
Workshop autour des données TREE et des enquêtes Générations 03.12.2010 Marseille
Ausbildungs-Verläufe Schweizer Jugendlicher zwischen Institution, Askription und Wahl 11.11.2010 Bern
Analysing Education Family Work and Welfare in Modern Societies: Methodological Approaches and Empirical Evidence – Joint ECSR/QMSS2/TransEurope Conference 30.09.2010 Bamberg, Deutschland
AEPF-Tagung 09.09.2010 Jena
XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology 11.07.2010 Gothenburg, Sweden


Self-organised

Title Date Place
International Conference on Success and Well-Being in Education and Employment 08.09.2011 Basel

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Macht Bildung glücklich? German-speaking Switzerland 17.09.2010

Awards

Title Year
Young Scholar Grant 2011
"QMSS2”/“TransEurope” 2010

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
128927 TREE - Transitionen von der Erstausbildung ins Erwerbsleben 01.04.2010 Research Infrastructure

Abstract

Wellbeing features prominently among an ever increasing amount of literature in the social sciences on social, psychological, and economic consequences of educational outcomes. This holds true not only for the research literature but also for policy documents.As a complex construct, wellbeing can be conceptualized to include psychological, social, cultural, and economic components, including life satisfaction or happiness, health, quality of life, e.g. the congruence between objective life circumstances and their subjective evaluation, and various sociopsychological aspects. In this project, we will conduct a systematic sociological analysis on how the multidimensional concept of wellbeing may relate to Swiss adolescents’ pathways in terms of educational and occupational success. The aim is not to provide a universal model of the complex interplay between educational and occupational capacity and wellbeing. Instead, we hope to adapt our model to the specific educational and economic Swiss context while, concurrently, integrating international theoretical models of wellbeing and education. The project focuses on the following interrelated research aims (the order of itemization corresponds to the project stages): 1. Systematize educational and occupational success as a multifaceted construct, encompassing health and wellbeing. 2. Describe the main patterns of multifaceted success of adolescents and young adults based on the TREE panel data set. 3. Explore empirically disconfirming groups of cases, i.e. analyze why some adolescents and young adults are successful, even though most common predictors, such as parental background, would have them fail, while others are unsuccessful although most predictors would suggest success. The scientific contribution of our study will shed light on a sociologically highly relevant, albeit never before analyzed topic in Switzerland. Our results on the relation of wellbeing and Swiss adolescents’ pathways in terms of educational and occupational success will also be beneficial for practitioners, as well as for educational and labor market policies. There are only few data sets in the world that would allow a detailed and longitudinal analysis of the relations between wellbeing and success in education and employment. The proposed study will not only benefit from its institutional affiliation with TREE, but also from the scientific exchange with research consultants such as Prof. Dr. Andy Furlong, Prof. Dr. Vernon Gayle, and Prof. Dr. Andrea Maihofer. These researchers will actively contribute to the project.
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