The Role of Families in Shaping Youth Social Participation: Evidence from Singapore

29 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2008 Last revised: 12 Jan 2009

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Irene YH Ng

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Kong Weng Ho

Singapore Management University

K. C. Ho

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Date Written: March 2008

Abstract

Youth participation in social groups is important in developing skills and experience for successful transition to adulthood. What kinds of families do youth who are active in social groups and who take on leadership positions come from? Using data from the National Youth Survey 2005, this research studies the social participation of Singaporean youth aged 15-18. Through probit regression analysis, it examines how youth participation in Singapore is associated with two types of family characteristics. First, it examines the role of maternal education. As a proxy for social class, maternal education represents the roles of cultural capital formation and concerted involvement by middle class parents. Second, it studies the role of family challenge and support. Maternal education is found to predict both high participation and leadership. While additional family challenge induces greater participation, family support increases participation only when the level of support is high.

Keywords: youth participation, family challenge, family support, social class

JEL Classification: J13

Suggested Citation

Ng, Irene YH and Ho, Kong Weng and Ho, K. C., The Role of Families in Shaping Youth Social Participation: Evidence from Singapore (March 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1105270 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1105270

Irene YH Ng (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) ( email )

Singapore

Kong Weng Ho

Singapore Management University ( email )

90 Stamford Road
178903
Singapore

K. C. Ho

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Singapore 117591
Singapore

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