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Articles of interest 



Iñaki García Borrego. Young people of immigrant origins: inequalities and discrimination 

An article on the indirect discrimination which may affect young people of immigrant origins. The author discusses the possible situations of these three profiles: those born in Spain or who have arrived before starting compulsory schooling, those who arrive while still in the compulsory school age and those who arrive after school age. The main social traits of each group will be discussed and the process of social disintegration which can now be seen in Spain will be considered.

Revista de estudios de Juventud, Nº 89, June 2010, p. 125-142




Dori Díaz. Sorry for the inconvenience, we are moving. I'm a teenager! 

An article that reflects on adolescence and the changes that young people experience at this age. It describes possible scenarios, tips for parents and educators as well as further reading 

Revista Padres y Maestros, Nº 335, October 2010, p. 5-9.





Ambrose Leung; Cheryl Kier, Music preferences and young people’s attitudes towards spending and saving

We aimed to find patterns among young people's music preferences in relation to their attitudes towards saving or spending money. Our hypotheses predicted that those who regularly listened to 'adult-approved' music would be likely to save money. In contrast, youths who listened to 'anti-authority' music were expected to be more likely to spend their money impulsively. Using data collected from 178 individuals aged 14-24 through self-report surveys. Results revealed that participants who listened to hip-hop, rap, rhythm and blues, dance, house… (many are anti-authority types of music) reported a tendency to spend money. Those who favoured classical, opera, musicals, big band, world music, contemporary rock… (many are adult-approved types of music) were more likely to save money.

Journal of Young studies,Vol. 13, No. 6, December 2010, 681-698

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Youth policies? 

Dossier related to youth policy planning mainly focussing on young people. It contains an interview with Alicia Suso, ex-president of the Youth Council of the Basque Country, Ignacio Rodríguez, Director of Youth Issues of the Basque Government and Ana Frias, Managing Director of the Navarre Youth Institute. It also includes a discussion on the Basque youth draft bill as an opportunity to respond to the needs of young people and associations.

Goitibera, nº 274, November 2010, p.: 5-11.

 Link to the web site Goitibera




Laura Méndez; Pilar Lacasa; Sara Cortés Gómez. Educate to create: intellectual property in the classroom.

This article discusses the experience of the "education to create" project in which intellectual property is considered from the perspective of new technologies. Free access to Internet content enables children and young people to generate information they design and to share their creations with others. 

Aula, nº 196, November 2010, p.: 55-59

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Miguel Angel Arconada, The myth of equal opportunities. Why students' best grades do not guarantee the best jobs?

This article reflects on the real situation in the labour market in relation to students who conclude their schooling. It presents challenges that the author considers essential in relation to equal opportunities and offers a didactic approach for high schools. This proposal includes viewing the film: "North Country" and supplements this with other classroom activities. It includes a reading list.

Padres y Maestros magazine, nº 334, September 2010, p.: 26-33





Aierbe, A.; Medrano, C. and Martínez de Morentín, J.I., Privacy on television programmes: as seen by adolescents.

The object of this paper is to present the reasons that adolescents give to explain their possible presence, or not, as members of the audience or as protagonists in gossip shows (Salsa Rosa) and "talk shows" (Diario de Patricia), within the interpretive framework of Turiel's theory (2002). With this end in view, a number of interviews have been conducted with adolescents between 13 and 15 years of age in the Basque Autonomous Region. The results display that the vast majority would not attend such programmes.


Comunicar: Revista científica Iberoamericana de comunicación y Educación, num. 35, vol. XVIII, 2nd semester, October 2010


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Miret Gamundi, Pau, Youth emancipation through relationships. A comparison between the censuses of 1991 and 2001 

The proportion of young people living with a partner has declined substantially in Spain in comparison with other Western countries. The author of the report studies family emancipation through relationships in Spain comparing census data from 1991 and 2001. This article considers the youth population between 20 and 39 years of age and focuses the analysis on the two most extended means of coexistence, namely, single youths living with one of the parents or those living with a partner.



Papers: revista de sociología, book 95, num. 3, July-September 2010, pp. 757-777.


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Berga i Timoneda, Anna, Aprendiendo a ser amadas. La maternidad de las adolescentes como una estrategia llena de sentido en contextos de riesgo social.

This article presents an analytical approach to the subject of teenage motherhood based on the willingness to break with the dominant social assumptions, focussing only on the risks, with the aim of exposing an essential viewpoint for being able to understand the full complexity of the situation, which is the emotional dimension and the fact that it can be “attractive” to young women. Based on an intense ethnological and qualitative field study it demonstrates that motherhood of teenagers, in the context of social vulnerability, can be understood as a meaningful “social strategy” in the search for an adult status and an opportunity to integrate into society.

Papers: revista de sociología, 95 lib., n. 2, abril-junio de 2010, pp. 277-299.

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The link between body dissatisfaccion  and self-esteem in adolescents: similarities across gender, age, weight status, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status


The present study examined whether the cross-sectional association between body dissatisfaction and low self-esteem varies across gender, age, body weight status, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The researchers also examined the association longitudinally. Findings indicate that body dissatisfaction and self-esteem are strongly related among nearly all groups of adolescents.

Journal of adolescent health, 47 lib., n.3, septiembre de 2010, pp. 290-296.

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Commerce and finance in young people based on new technologies


This article [in Spanish] discusses the use young people between 16 and 24 years of age make of e-commerce services. The authors have investigated the reasons that encourage this use, the average cost, logistic problems, level of knowledge concerning regulations governing home shopping, payment methods used or purchases via mobile phones. Likewise, it addresses the emergence of mobile banking, which mainly focuses on this social group and provides an overview of the main financial social webs. 

Revista de estudios de juventud, n.º 88, March  2010, pages 165-181.  

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Assessment and management of educational skills in young students of rural origin

An article [in Spanish] which assesses the desire of young people from rural or semi-rural areas to migrate to urban areas. The main objective is to understand the point of view of this segment of the population on the degree of importance they give to the management of educational skills. The author starts from the premise that managing education is a key element in the socialisation process of particular individuals and of the community in general.

Aula, n.º 192, june  2010, pp. 52-55.  

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Beyond apathetic or activist young: ordinary young people and contemporary forms of participation

This article examines the change in the way a significant proportion of youths participate. The authors suggest that, despite the fact that many young people feel disenchanted with political structures and consider them insensitive to their needs and interests, young people are still interested in social and political issues and seek recognition from the political system. The paper explains that a most youths have social and political interests but reject traditional forms of activism. They participate in an unconventional manner that is more individual and based on day to day aspects.

Young: Nordic Journal of Youth Research, vol. 18, num. 1, February 2010, pp. 9-32.

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A perspective of the youth emancipation in Spain

Emancipation is one of the issues of greatest concern for youths today. In the following article, the sociologist and demographer from the Centre of Demographic Studies of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Pau Miret, expresses the current view on the emancipation of Spanish youths. First, he presents a short comparison between emancipation models in European countries, clearly distinguishing between northern and southern countries. He then presents emancipation trends from post-war years to the present time.

Entrejóvenes, n.º 112, November- December 2009, pp. 22-23. 

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Adapting to the digital era. New technologies in children and youths

We are living at a time when the relationship between society and technology is closer than ever. In many cases, new technologies and state-of-the-art devices are everywhere and the leisure education sector is not free from this influence. The way we relate and communicate has changed, especially among young people - those that were born and who grew up in the so-called information and communication era. New phenomena trigger new questions and, consequently, new questions remain unanswered. Questions such as, what is the key to enable modern social relationship formulas to co-exist with other older formulas and with tradition, such as leisure centres. There are doubts on the role of leisure education, given this new reality, and questions on which applications and how they can be used in the leisure education sector. Questions to which, with the passage of time and with the accumulation of experience, we are finding answers.

Monitor Educador, n.º 137, January - February 2010, pp. 10-13

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Students' Facebook 'friends': public and private spheres

Friendship is highly significant during the university years. Facebook, widely used by students, is designed to facilitate communication with different groups of 'friends'. This exploratory study involved interviewing a sample of student users of Facebook: it focuses on the extent to which older adults, especially parents, are accepted as Facebook friends, and the attitudes towards such friendships and potential friendships and what these reveal about notions of privacy. Parents were rarely reported to be Facebook friends, and there was a view that in general they would not be welcomed. The reasons were related to embarrassment, social norms, and worries about mothers. Underlying these were various notions of the private and the public. Students did not appear to conceive of there being two distinct realms: indeed, the 'public' appeared to be the individual's private social world. A level of sophistication is apparent, with nuanced understandings of concepts, suggesting that social networking sites such as Facebook are associated with new ways of construing some of the notions surrounding the traditional public/private dichotomy. Notions of what is private and what is public are fuzzy, with no clear-cut public/private dichotomy. Computer-mediated communication appears to make this fuzziness more apparent than has hitherto been the case.

Journal of Youth Studies, 12. lib., 6., December 2009, pages 615-627. 


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PISA 2006: the influence of gender on scientific knowledge and skills

The differences between boys and girls concerning academic performance in relation to the three main skills, maths, reading and science, have changed over recent years. The purpose of this article is to analyse the results of PISA 2006 (Programme for International Student Assessment), to establish the main gender-related differences in relation to science, maths and reading skills.  The analysis of the data is based on chapter 2 (Student performance in science) and chapter 6 (Student performance in maths and reading) from the PISA 2006 report. The results show that women stand out in scientific skills: identifying scientific questions (reality analysis) and using scientific evidence (generalisation of scientific evidence). On the other hand, males have excelled explaining scientific phenomena (the application of knowledge). When it comes to reading skills, women have clearly achieved higher levels than men, while the latter have achieved a better average than women in maths. An in-depth study of the gender-skills connection has been undertaken in relation to each of the Autonomous Regions that took part in the PISA 2006 report (OECD, 2007)

Revista Iberoamericana de Educación n.º 51/2, January 2010, digital version  

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