TENDENCIES OF YOUTH SUBJECTIVE WELLBEING ASSESSMENT IN LITHUANIA: TERRITORIAL APPROACH

Authors

  • Gintarė Vaznonienė Vytautas Magnus University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15544/RD.2021.076

Keywords:

youth, subjective wellbeing, happiness, satisfaction with life, territorial disparities

Abstract

This article represents perceptions of youths’ subjective wellbeing (further SWB) mainly focusing on the evaluations of their happiness and satisfaction with life. Youth SWB is an underdeveloped field of research in Lithuania. It is even more obvious that science lacks research on the SWB of young people based on a territorial approach. Youth SWB research are important because they not only reveal the aspects and problems of the current life of this social group, but also highlights the expectations, fears associated with the future. The research object – subjective wellbeing of youth. The aim of the article is to reveal the attitudes and tendencies of youth SWB in Lithuania by emphasizing territorial peculiarities. The data from European Social Survey Round 9 (2018) were used to assess youth SWB in Lithuania and compared with ESS Round 4 (2008). The sample of the study is young people aged 15 to 29 years. There were used common research methods for this study: comparative analysis, statistical analysis, graphical representation. Research findings support previous scientific works results that youth perceive and value their SWB on the basis of a multiple factors, SWB evaluations differ according to specific age group. The results have shown that the assessment of the SWB of youth following their age groups is not very low and territorial differences are not large.

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Published

2022-01-25

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Section

Social Innovations for Rural Development