Italian Lives – ITA.LI: Qualitative data (2019-2020)

Leccardi, Carmen (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca)


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Data Kind:
individual data

Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (panel)

wave 1

Methodological Notes:
Methodological Notes
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Italian Lives (ITA.LI) is a quantitative and qualitative longitudinal survey carried out by the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milan-Bicocca. The survey is aimed at building a database on social change in Italy offering high-quality data to researchers working in several disciplinary fields.


The longitudinal qualitative survey was carried out in 3 waves at regular intervals between October 2019 and July 2022. In total, 306 semi-narrative interviews were carried out with young people aged between 22 and 29, resident in Italy. The work aimed to contribute to the study of the life trajectories of young women and men who face the transition to adulthood, with the aim of investigating the multiple meanings of being young in Italy today.

The thematic areas investigated were:

  • education
  • relationships (family, friendship, sentimental)
  • parenting
  • work
  • mobility (geographical and social)
  • use of social media and technology
  • relationship with politics and religion
  • well-being and covid-19.


The first wave, conducted from October 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, collected 114 interviews. For information on other waves:

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Topic Classification:

  • EDUCATION - life-long/continuing education
  • HEALTH - general health
  • HEALTH - specific diseases and medical conditions
  • LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT - employment
  • POLITICS - mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - information technology
  • SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS - family life and marriage
  • SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS - gender and gender roles
  • SOCIAL STRATIFICATION AND GROUPINGS - social and occupational mobility
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - leisure, tourism and sport
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - religion and values
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - social change
  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - time use
  • Nations: Italy

    Geographical Unit: not applicable

    Analysis Unit: individual

    Universe: Residents in Italy aged 22 to 29

    Sample Procedure: 114 individuals. Multi-stage stratified random sample and convenience sampling

    Weight: No weight used

    Collection Mode: face to face interview

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 114 interview's transcriptions in MS Word format (ita), 1 interview script in PDF format (ita), 1 methodological notes in PDF format (ita), 1 Data List in PDF format (ita), 1 Archive notes in PDF format (ita) (118 file)


    Script (pdf):
    Data List (pdf):
    Data Archive Notes (pdf):
    DDI Documentation:
    DDI Documentation


    1. Gambardella M.G., Mainardi A., Voli S. (2021). Young People between Uncertainty and Agency. An Analysis of the Strategies of Transition to Adulthood in Italy. Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 13(2), 15-38.
    2. Leccardi, C. (2021), Redefining the Link Between Structure and Agency: The Place of Time. in M. Nico & A. Gaetano (eds. ) Structure and Agency in Young People’s Lives. Theory, Methods and Agendas. London: Routledge, 82-97.
    3. Camozzi I., Grüning B., Gambardella M.G. (2022) Sentivo che stavo facendo la cosa giusta. Aspettative di mobilità geografica e traiettorie socio-culturali degli studenti e delle studentesse in Italia. Cambio. Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali, 11(22), 187–201.
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    4. Magaraggia S., Gambardella M.G., Cherubini D. (2021) At Close Distance: Family Practices of Italian Young Adults during the Pandemic, Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, 62(4), 989-1014, pp. 989-1014. Tratto da

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    Source Contact: Sveva Magaraggia

    Leccardi, Carmen. (2019-2020) Italian Lives – ITA.LI: Qualitative data. Magaraggia, Sveva [Producer]. Camozzi, Ilenya [Producer]. Gambardella, Maria Grazia [Producer]. Mainardi, Arianna [Producer]. Voli, Stefania [Producer]. Cherubini, Daniela [Producer]. Grüning, Barbara [Producer]. Veloso Resende, Susi [Producer]. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN243. Data file version 1.0 doi:10.20366/unimib/unidata/SN243-1.0

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