There is an infinite number of topics relating to children and young people. In order to make it easier to get started with this diversity, we are proposing four different overarching themes.
These four overarching themes of youth and adolescence in Luxembourg aim to see young people as agents of their own lives: growing up & being, participating & engaging, learning & working, and caring & supporting.
Scientific subtopics and keywords are assigned to each of these themes.
Growing Up & Being
Every phase of a person’s life brings changes that can lead to learning and reorientation. Children and adolescents are in a particularly intensive phase of their lives, characterized by a wide range of physical, psychological and social changes. During this time of growing up, children and adolescents develop their own identity with values, preferences, behaviors in exchange with their environment, which remains relatively stable.
Participating & Engaging
For us, children and young people are actors in all areas of life. This is particularly evident in areas of society that can be freely chosen and are less determined by rules and norms, such as the leisure sector and youth work. Here, children and young people can pursue their interests. They can gain experience of participation and commitment in social and democratic groups.
Learning & Working
Children and young people should be active citizens of society in adulthood, assuming an important function within society by taking on a job. Formal and non-formal educational institutions should support children and young people in their learning and provide them with the necessary knowledge content and skills for this. Here, we describe the settings in which they best succeed in doing so and how young people pursue their career paths.
Caring & Supporting
In the lives of children and young people, there may also be moments when they need the support of external assistance services. Society supports its members, especially those considered vulnerable, through a variety of material and social services. Government support functions in a complementary way when a family or individual’s own resources are insufficient. In this regard, we see young people not only as recipients of assistance, but also as caregivers who take care of others.
How to navigate this page best
Are you interested in a particular topic or keyword? Clicking on it, you will find all related posts.
- Topics give you a bird’s eye view of selected aspects of young people’s lives.
- Using keywords, you approach a single aspect of young people’s lives from the ant’s perspective.
- In the glossary, we explain technical terms that we use frequently.
Topics in the course of time
This overview of topics will be continuously adapted. After all, even the topics of youth research are constantly evolving: young people’s lives look different today than they did ten years ago. Would you like to point out an important perspective? Please send us a message.