Journal article

The Role of Trusted Adults in Young People's Social and Economic Lives

Ariella Meltzer, Kristy Muir, Lyn Craig

Youth and Society | Sage Publications Inc | Published : 2018


In moving toward adulthood, young people make formative choices about their social and economic engagement while developmentally seeking autonomy from parents. Who else then contributes to guiding young people during this formative life-stage? This article explores one contributing relationship: relationships with trusted adults. Past research has shown that these adults provide motivational, emotional, and instrumental support to young people, but less is known about how and why their support is appropriate particularly during young adulthood. Using qualitative data from an Australian Research Council–funded study, the article explores how and why trusted adults are important and influentia..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Awarded by Foundation for Young Australians

Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The researchers acknowledge the Australian Research Council and our Linkage projects partners, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (formerly the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations), and the Foundation for Young Australians for funding and supporting this project (LP120104006).