On a fast-track into adulthood: an exploration of transitions into adulthood for street-based sex workers in New Zealand

Abel, Gillian Michelle and Fitzgerald, Lisa Jane (2008) On a fast-track into adulthood: an exploration of transitions into adulthood for street-based sex workers in New Zealand. Journal of Youth Studies, 11 4: 361-376. doi:10.1080/13676260802104808


Author Abel, Gillian Michelle
Fitzgerald, Lisa Jane
Title On a fast-track into adulthood: an exploration of transitions into adulthood for street-based sex workers in New Zealand
Journal name Journal of Youth Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-6261
1469-9680
Publication date 2008-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13676260802104808
Open Access Status
Volume 11
Issue 4
Start page 361
End page 376
Total pages 16
Editor Andy Furlong
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 750312 Youth/child development and welfare
Abstract There have been many debates in the literature about the extended transition to adulthood many young people are experiencing in late modern times. However, not all young people make this prolonged transition and, for some, resources within their family and community networks are insufficient to enable an extended transition into stable, independent adult roles. The findings presented in this paper are drawn from a large participatory research project investigating the impact of decriminalisation on the health and safety practices of sex workers in New Zealand. This paper utilises the talk of 17 street-based sex workers who entered the industry under the age of 18 years, as well as using data from a survey of 772 sex workers in New Zealand. For young people entering the industry prior to the age of 18, the period of adolescence was short-lived and their inability to gain support through either their family or the government meant that they opted to work in the sex industry to survive. Unsupported transitions into adulthood are characterised by a high degree of risk with limited employment options. This research highlights the need for policy-makers to develop holistic, multi-sectorial policies for young people which are not based on age-specific frameworks.
Keyword transition
young adulthood
youth culture
exclusion
identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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