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A key interest in the study was to explore
how young people project themselves into the future through planning,
aspiration and imagination. To this end, we constructed a research tool
(introduced in the later part of the first interview) which invited
interviewees to predict their situations in terms of home/housing,
education, work, relationships, travel and values - in three years time
and at the ages of 25 and 35. The arising discussion formed part of the
interview and was recorded, transcribed and coded in the normal way:
104 young people completed lifelines. Young people remarked on the
lifelines as being interesting, challenging and fun or 'making them
think'. Some asked for copies of their lifelines.