Predictors of positive development in emerging adulthood

O'Connor, Meredith, Sanson, Ann, Hawkins, Mary T., Letcher, Primrose, Toumbourou, John W., Smart, Diana, Vassallo, Suzanne and Olsson, Craig A. 2011, Predictors of positive development in emerging adulthood, Journal of youth and adolescence : a multidisciplinary research publication, vol. 40, no. 7, pp. 860-874, doi: 10.1007/s10964-010-9593-7.

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Title Predictors of positive development in emerging adulthood
Author(s) O'Connor, Meredith
Sanson, Ann
Hawkins, Mary T.
Letcher, Primrose
Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W.
Smart, Diana
Vassallo, Suzanne
Olsson, Craig A.ORCID iD for Olsson, Craig A.
Journal name Journal of youth and adolescence : a multidisciplinary research publication
Volume number 40
Issue number 7
Start page 860
End page 874
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 0047-2891
Keyword(s) Positive development
Emerging adulthood
Longitudinal analysis
Community engagement
Summary This article responds to recent calls for a focus on successful development in young people and examination of its developmental precursors, in order to identify potentially modifiable targets for interventions. The current study examined child and adolescent precursors of positive functioning in emerging adulthood, including individual characteristics, relationship factors, and connections to the community, using a multidimensional positive development measure at 19–20 years. The sample consisted of 511 males and 647 females who were participants in the Australian Temperament Project, a population based longitudinal study that has followed young people's psychosocial adjustment from infancy to early adulthood. Higher levels of positive development in emerging adulthood were associated with stronger family and peer relationships, better adjustment to the school setting, higher family socioeconomic status, and better emotional control. Some significant gender differences were observed, with emotional control, family relationships, and community orientation all being stronger predictors of males' than of females' positive development. The findings provide possible targets for child and adolescent interventions to promote positive development in early adulthood.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10964-010-9593-7
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
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