Adolescents future prospects amid crises
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This qualitative study delves into the interplay of contemporary crises and adolescents' perceptions of their future prospects in the Netherlands. Through a nuanced exploration of external challenges and internal dynamics, the study shows the multifaceted ways in which young individuals navigate the uncertainties of their evolving lives. The impacts of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, economic instabilities, housing challenges, and geopolitical conflicts are explored. This study underscores the far-reaching implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left an indelible mark on mental well-being, educational pursuits, and social interactions among adolescents. Amidst these external pressures, the formation of selfconcept and identity emerges as a crucial internal anchor, shaped by stability and disrupted by crises. The interplay between external disruptions and internal self-discovery underscores the role of personal attributes, such as resilience. This study highlights the importance of stable environments, supportive communities, and comprehensive policies in fostering a sense of well-being and confidence in future trajectories. By embracing the complexities of adolescent experiences and addressing the intertwined factors of crisis and identity formation, this study provides a framework that shows the challenges of the current generation of adolescents. Furthermore, this study contributes to a deeper understanding of the interplay between contemporary crises and future prospects, providing insights that can inform policy, education, and support systems aimed at nurturing the well-being and confidence of adolescents as they navigate the uncertainties of the contemporary world.