Transitions and life events

Whether beginning school, starting work or taking part in traditional rituals, all children experience key events and rites of passage as they move from one stage in their lives to the next. Young Lives is exploring the impact of these transitions on children and how they cope with changes that are particularly hard to manage such as becoming an orphan or migrating for education.

Our research also seeks to understand what prevents some children from fulfilling their potential. We want to know how their aspirations, priorities and strategies change over time and how life events such as the loss of a family member affect their transition to adulthood. We are also monitoring the structures, institutions and processes that accompany children as they become young adults.

What's New

HDR2014_hardgrove-boyden-cover-low-resYouth Vulnerabilities in Life-Course Transitions, background paper for UNDP Human Development Report, by Abby Hardgrove, Kirrily Pells, Jo Boyden and Paul Dornan



WP99-TafereIntergenerational Relationships and the Life-Course, Young Lives working paper 99.




Journal of Youth Studies'Troubling transitions? Young People’s Experiences of Growing Up in Poverty in Rural Andhra Pradesh, India', by Virginia Morrow, Journal of Youth Studies 16 (1): 86-100.



Learning, Culture and Social Interaction'Learning to be responsible Young Children's Transitions outside School', by Patricia Ames, Learning, Culture and Social Interaction 2.3: 143–154

We need to end child poverty in order to break the cycle of poverty.