BASEES Annual Conference 2022

Growing up in Independent Lithuania: Behavioral Strategies of 1980-2000 Cohorts

Fri8  Apr04:00pm(20 mins)
Teaching Room 6


Laima Zilinskiene


This presentation focuses on people from 1980 to 2000 to define behavioral models of these age cohorts after restoring Lithuania's independence in 1990. The transition from the Soviet regime to the Western system of government required institutional transformation and (re) adaptive abilities of different generations. Behavioral strategies are influencing by economic factors related to the market economy, institutional factors related to the search for social policy priorities, the opportunities for free movement provided by the Schengen area, and the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. An important aspect that distinguishes these age cohorts from the older generations is the lack of Soviet experience. Identifying patterns of behavior between different generations makes it possible to assess the impact of the institutional environment and the role of the family. Empirical material shows how other components of the transformation process lead to different generational experiences and how these experiences reflect different generations in the family.

Behavioral strategies for these age groups are presented based on 60 life story interviews collected during the project Growing up in Independent Lithuania: Life Courses of 1980-2000 Cohorts, Behavioral Strategies and their Contexts (2021–2024).