June 1, 2002
Some teenagers grow up in circumstances that many would regard as disadvantaged, for example lower income households and families that experience disruption. Yet they manage to overcome these difficulties and make a success of their lives. New research from the University of Cambridge analyses data from the British Household Panel Study on over 1,000 young people aged 11–20 to determine the key factors that influence well-being and educational achievement. In particular, the study examines the aspirations of young men and women and how their own achievements and goals, along with their evolving family relationships, relate to different aspects of successful development in the later teenage years.