Young consumer identity in a restrictive school environment – Addictive substances, symbolic goods and consumer skills

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Economics and Management en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017) en
dc.contributor.author Autio, Minna
dc.contributor.author Lähteenmaa, Jaana
dc.contributor.author Holmberg, Ulrika
dc.contributor.author Kujala, Jukka
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-15T10:02:02Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-15T10:02:02Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Autio , M , Lähteenmaa , J , Holmberg , U & Kujala , J 2016 , ' Young consumer identity in a restrictive school environment – Addictive substances, symbolic goods and consumer skills ' , Children and Youth Services Review , vol. 68 , pp. 100-106 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.07.003 en
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0003-4665-2357/work/30074544
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/173423
dc.description.abstract For young people, consuming is an act of constructing identity, where goods, services and styles are important parts of signifying who they are. Our study focuses on young people who are living in restrictive environments, such as special boarding schools. They have been placed there because of social and educational reasons. Although aspects of education and health of young people in out-of-home care have been studied, their consumer behavior has been given limited attention. Our study shows that young people openly report the use of addictive substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, drugs as well as gambling. They also build up their consumer identity by appreciating symbolic goods, such as clothes, music and sport. Spending on expensive clothes serves their favorable self-image. The fact that the schools provide all their essential needs makes the learning of consumer skills challenging although the schools reinforce management skills such as planning the use of money. Young people struggle with their identities at the borders of their school environment (i.e. education, school discipline) and the temptations of consumer culture. Even if they manage to break their damaging life path, they will be consumers throughout their life, meaning their consumer skills need to be strengthened by special education. fi
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject 512 Business and Management en
dc.title Young consumer identity in a restrictive school environment – Addictive substances, symbolic goods and consumer skills en
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dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.07.003
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