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Changing AdolescenceSocial Trends and Mental Health$
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Ann Hagell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301042

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301042.001.0001

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Trends in adolescent time use in the United Kingdom

Trends in adolescent time use in the United Kingdom

(p.47) Four Trends in adolescent time use in the United Kingdom
Changing Adolescence

Ann Hagell

Stephen C. Peck

Nicole Zarrett

Policy Press

Understanding what young people are doing and who they are doing it with is an important anchor for understanding how things have changed for them over time. There is a growing literature on time use, and many countries now have regular Time Use Surveys. The literature suggests some ways in which it might matter for positive youth development. This chapter reviews the literature and also presents some new analyses of two British Time Use surveys from the 1970s and 2000, specifically extracting the data for adolescents. Several interesting findings emerge, many relating to the changes to educational and employment opportunities particularly for the 16-18 age group.

Keywords:   Time use, Adolescent, Mental health, Constructive activities, Unconstructive activities, School, Leisure, Socialisation

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