The study focuses on the consolidation processes of both personal and professional identity, in a group of Italian emerging adults, marginal referring to the labour market for job insecurity, unemployment and underemployment. The study focuses on narrative identity, in particular on future orientation, identity distress and identity capital. 80 autobiographical stories of young people on different placement of the labour market (Full-time, Part-time, Independent Workers, Unemployed) were analysed through categorical analysis of textual content. The results show, in line with the hypothesis, an effect of the type of job placement on the identity formation, and they define profiles differentiated in function of the analysed dimensions. Furthermore, the results show that majority of participants, although emerging adults, didn’t achieved identity definition and stay in moratorium.
Keywords: Precariousness, personal and professional identity, emerging adulthood, identity capital.
Sestito Laura Aleni, Luigia Simona Sica, Maria Nasti, The generation of youth without work: transitions to adolthood in conditions of precariousness, unemployment and underemployment in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 3/2013, pp. 411-443, DOI:10.3280/RIP2013-003002