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Does positive mental health in adolescence longitudinally predict healthy transitions in young adulthood?

O'Connor, M, Sanson, A, Toumbourou, John, Norrish, J and Olsson, Craig 2016, Does positive mental health in adolescence longitudinally predict healthy transitions in young adulthood?, Journal of happiness studies, no. 18, pp. 1-22, doi: 10.1007/s10902-016-9723-3.

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Title Does positive mental health in adolescence longitudinally predict healthy transitions in young adulthood?
Author(s) O'Connor, M
Sanson, A
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John
Norrish, J
Olsson, CraigORCID iD for Olsson, Craig
Journal name Journal of happiness studies
Issue number 18
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-02-19
ISSN 1573-7780
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences - Other Topics
Positive mental health
Internalizing and externalizing problems
Positive psychology
Positive education
Developmental tasks
Young adulthood
Emerging adulthood
Summary The present study examined the longer-term implications of adolescent positive mental health for successful young adult transitions. Positive mental health in adolescence was defined by indicators roughly corresponding to Seligman’s positive psychology PERMA framework (positive emotional experiences, engagement, relationships, purpose, and accomplishment), with the addition of health. Data were drawn from one of Australia’s longest running studies of social and emotional development (Australian Temperament Project, est. 1983, N = 2443), which has followed a large representative community sample from infancy to 27–28 years of age. In the analyzed sample of n = 999, positive mental health at 15–16 years was associated with indicators of career progression (educational attainment and perceived competence) and taking on citizenship responsibilities (volunteering and civic activities) over a decade later at 27–28 years. Mental health problems in adolescence were more relevant to establishing romantic partnerships in young adulthood: adolescent antisocial behaviors predicted higher likelihood of being in a relationship, while depressive symptoms predicted lower quality partnerships. The results suggest that successful transitions into young adult roles and responsibilities may be facilitated by targeted mental health promotion interventions designed to both foster positive mental health and address mental health difficulties in adolescence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10902-016-9723-3
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID ARC DP130101459
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