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Transitioning to Adulthood: How Do Young Adults Fare and What Characteristics are Associated with a Lower-Risk Transition

May 01, 2014
Authors:
Mary A. Terzian,
Kristin Anderson Moore,
Nicole Constance

This brief seeks to identify patterns and transitions during emerging adulthood to obtain a better understanding of the likelihood that young adults will experience a lower-risk transition to adulthood. We analyzed panel data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health, N=12,166), using person-centered analyses, to examine the odds of youth engaging in lower-risk patterns/trajectories, specifically, minimal problems with heavy alcohol use, illicit drug use, criminal behavior, and financial hardship. Lower-risk transitions were defined as avoiding or overcoming problems by adulthood. We found considerable variation among young adults in reaching these milestones.

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Authors

Mary A. Terzian
Kristin Anderson Moore
Nicole Constance