A Study of Youth in Transition

Dates of Implementation:    November 2003 to November 2004

Partner Institution: UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines

Objective:

To collect information on various aspects of youth life and the transitions that today’s youth negotiate towards adulthood.

Project Description:

The project entailed the conduct of an in-depth survey of the perceptions, attitudes, ambitions, fears, and concerns of today’s youth. PSSC brought in a team of social scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP) to help develop the survey instrument and conduct the survey. The pilot surveys were conducted by the UP team and the PSSC in December 2002 and March 2003, respectively. The UP team covered four regular high schools, namely, Pasig Catholic High School, Ramon Magsaysay High School, Angeles City High School and Angeles University Foundation High School, whereas the PSSC covered three special high schools, namely Philippine Science High School, Philippine High School for the Arts, and the OB Montessori High School. Youth respondents totaled 486, of whom 402 came from the regular high schools and 84 from special high schools.

The preliminary findings of the study were presented before an audience of academics, researchers, youth workers in government and the private sector, media professionals, advertising executives and representatives of youth organizations on 15 May 2003 at PSSC’s Fifth National Social Science Congress. The final results of the study are contained in a two-volume publication. Volume I entitled Filipino Youth in Transition: A Survey of Urban Senior High School Students (2004), contains the results of the UP team’s survey on senior students of regular high schools. Volume II entitled Filipino Youth in Special High Schools (2004), meanwhile, features the results of PSSC’s survey on senior students of some of the country’s foremost high schools.

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