Personal relationships and social support in the young population in Spain and Portugal. A social capital approach

The young population in southern European countries, including Spain and Portugal, has traditionally had a strong network of personal relationships, based on a high level of sociability and a very important role for the family network. This article uses data from the tenth wave of the European Social Survey (2020-2022) to test the extent to which the sociability of young people (18-34 years old) in these two countries resembles or does not resemble that of the rest of the European Union. Specifically, this sociability is compared with that of young people in the EU countries except Denmark, Luxembourg, Malta and Romania.

The data analysed allow us to identify the level of social isolation and the factors that influence it. The results show that levels of sociability are higher than the European average, and that affective proximity to parents is at the top of the European Union. The inequality factors affecting social isolation among young people are similar to those in the other countries, although their negative effect is always more muted in Spain and Portugal, resulting in a lower level of social isolation.

Start date: 01/05/2023
End date: 30/11/2023
Funding: Observatorio Social – Fundación “la Caixa”
Team: Joan Miquel Verd, Mireia Bolíbar y Joan Rodríguez Soler – Centre d’Estudis Sociològics sobre la Vida Quotidiana i el Treball (QUIT), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Rita Gouveia – Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Universidad de Lisboa


Publications

Verd, Joan M., Bolíbar, M., Rodríguez-Soler, J. & Gouveia, R. (2024). Las relaciones personales de la población joven en España y Portugal: sociabilidad, aislamiento y desigualdad social. España y Portugal. Jóvenes, Oportunidades y Futuro, Dossier 12, Observatorio Social de la Fundación la Caixa

Dossier: Jóvenes, Oportunidades y Futuro

Media presence

 

Presence at conference

  • Godino Pons, Alejandro; Verd Pericàs, Joan Miquel; González-Heras, Alejandro & Rodríguez-Soler, Joan (2024, 26, 27, 28 y 29 de junio). Escapando de la trampa de la temporalidad: Precariedad en los trabajadores jóvenes antes y después de la Reforma Laboral de 2021. [Comunicación en GT07-SES01: Tiempo Trabajo e Interseccionalidad]. XVI Congreso Español de Sociología. Sociología para la sociedad digital (FES), Sevilla.
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