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Seeking stability: A preliminary exploration of Canadian young adults’ financial goals

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2021-03-20

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Mazurik, Kathrina
Knudson, Sarah

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Taylor & Francis

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Young people’s financial lives have undergone change, with delays and struggles attaining stable employment, home ownership, and financial independence. Despite such change, research on the future thinking of young adults suggests the persistent significance of such financial milestones. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 36 young adults aged 18-32 in a mid-sized, prosperous Canadian city, inquiring into their goals and perceptions of their future financial lives in light of their current situations. Findings revealed young adults’ overarching desire for financial security, notably through goals of a steady job, debt reduction, and home ownership. These findings affirm that during this transitional time of life, many young adults are involved in a search for security, hoping to attain financial independence and stability in a conventionally linear and upward fashion. This search for security and stability manifests differently across sociodemographic positions (namely age, gender, birthplace, and socioeconomic status), reflecting differing experiences of precarity, cultural representations of the life course, and positions along financial trajectories. Participants’ visions of their financial futures also appear to connect to the factors in the local context, including its relative prosperity, persistence of traditional gender roles, and a relatively modest cost of living compared to other urban centres in Canada.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Youth Studies on March 21st 2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13676261.2020.1716964

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young adulthood, employment, finances, family, transition to adulthood

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Knudson, S., & Mazurik., K. (2021). Seeking stability: A preliminary exploration of Canadian young adults' financial goals. Journal of Youth Studies, 24(3), 285-304. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2020.1716964

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Knudson, S., & Mazurik., K. (2021). Seeking stability: A preliminary exploration of Canadian young adults' financial goals. Journal of Youth Studies, 24(3), 285-304. https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2020.1716964

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