Adolescents and the young adults today are missing an important developmental period in their growth to being independent due to the recession. There was a time when a person (kid) could walk into the door of a business and they would put them to work on the spot doing some type of menial job. It was the road to job experience. Now they are missing this entry level of experience due to the poor job market.
This along with the baby boomers trying to age out is a problem for society and the economies today. Many of these young adults feel helpless and that they will never find a job. This can only hurt their self esteem.