Today, Tuesday, 14 November 2023, the ESRI publishes Civic and political engagement among young adults in Ireland.
Using data from the Growing Up in Ireland study, the findings show that 20-year-olds who volunteer are more satisfied with their lives and are more confident of themselves as adults. Volunteering can also protect young people’s mental health from the negative effects of living in socially disadvantaged communities.
The report provides detailed insights into what factors drive volunteering and political engagement at age 20. In particular, it sheds light on the role that growing up in an urban or rural area plays in their participation.
Download Civic and political engagement among young adults in Ireland by James Laurence and Emer Smyth.
Related press release
Read the accompanying press release, which highlights key points from the publication.
For further information, please contact:
Dr James Laurence, Senior Research Officer, ESRI
Email: [email protected]
This report has been accepted for publication by the Institute, which does not itself take institutional policy positions. The report has been peer-reviewed prior to publication. The authors are solely responsible for the content and the views expressed.