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Positive development in emerging adulthood

journal contribution
posted on 01.07.2009, 00:00 authored by Mary Hawkins, Primrose LetcherPrimrose Letcher, A Sanson, D Smart, John ToumbourouJohn Toumbourou
Positive functioning in the developmental period of emerging adulthood has received little investigation. The current study investigated components of positive development using confirmatory factor analysis of Australian Temperament Project data collected from 1,158 young adults aged 19-20 years. Positive development constructs that have been theoretically conceptualised were examined to test core concepts. Five first-order constructs were identified in this sample: Civic Action and Engagement, Social Competence, Life Satisfaction, Trust and Tolerance of Others, and Trust in Authorities and Organisations. A second-order positive development factor defined by these constructs provided good fit for the data. This model of positive development in emerging adulthood can provide an outcome measure that can then be used to investigate the developmental processes and pathways involved.

History

Journal

Australian journal of psychology

Volume

61

Issue

2

Pagination

89 - 99

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Location

London, England

ISSN

0004-9530

eISSN

1742-9536

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2009, Taylor & Francis