chapter  1
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Whether it is due to the shifting nature of transitions to adulthood,

the expansion of further and higher education or transformations in

household composition and family life, young people are a regular

topic of academic, popular and policy discussion and debate. They

are a group of society whose experiences, behaviours and attitudes

are usually misrepresented, often demonised and frequently distorted.

Furthermore, it is clear that young people’s experiences, actions and