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Haridhan Goswami Gary Pollock


Youth well-being is fundamental to that of society as a whole. Promoting youth well-being is not only vital in order for young people during their years of youth, but also as a firm basis for their future well-being as adults (Rees et al. 2012). How young people fare through critical points of development affects their quality of life, their productivity, welfare dependency and the transmission of their later-life outcomes to their own children (Richardson 2012).

n recent years, youth well-being has become a priority for the European political agenda. As part of European co-operation on social protection and social inclusion, the EU has expressed strong political commitment to promoting well-being among young people, as is reflected in (among other initiatives) the establishment of an EU Task Force on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being in 2007 (TARKI Social Research Institute 2010).