Children, money and work: transitions to adulthood

O'Dell, Lindsay; Crafter, Sarah; Abreu, Guida and Cline, Tony (2014). Children, money and work: transitions to adulthood. Australian Community Psychologist, 26(1) pp. 28–36.


In this paper we scrutinise how ideas about children’s development and obligations in families affect the ways in which we understand the role of money and work in the transition to adult life. We seek to explore ways in which understandings of appropriate activities for young people and the expected obligations of parents towards their children are mediated by the contexts in which the children and their families live. The aim is to understand how young people from a range of backgrounds represent and experience work and the management of money within their families.

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