Research and analysis

Social attitudes of young people

This report assesses how social attitudes of UK young people today differ from previous generations and how they might change in the future.


Social attitudes of young people


The report explores how sustained changes in the attitudes of people in different generations lead to long-term, changes in societal attitudes. It uses surveys to see whether there are differences in the attitudes of today’s young people and the attitudes of older generations when they were young. It looks at:

  • values and personal autonomy
  • attitudes to society and government
  • aspirations
  • wellbeing

It also explores the how young peoples’ circumstances may change over the next 10 years. Also using current attitudinal trends, the report analyses how young people’s attitudes, behaviours and experiences may evolve over time.

Published 18 December 2014