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The structural stability of positive development across young adulthood: longitudinal findings from the Australian temperament project

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posted on 01.10.2017, 00:00 authored by M T Hawkins, Primrose LetcherPrimrose Letcher, M O Connor, Sharyn Elizabeth Bant, A Deery, A Sanson, John ToumbourouJohn Toumbourou, Craig OlssonCraig Olsson
The purpose of this study was to examine the structural stability of positive development across the 20s using data from one of Australia’s oldest population-based studies of social–emotional development. Positive development was indicated by civic action and engagement, trust and tolerance of others, trust in authorities and organizations, social competence, and life satisfaction. Results extend an earlier published model spanning 19–20 and 23–24 years by incorporating a new wave of data collected at 27–28 years. The age 27–28 latent model was gender invariant and a robust replication of our earlier model. Associations between the latent constructs in the mid- to late 20s were stronger than those in emerging adulthood. This work provides evidence of a cohesive higher order construct of positive development from late adolescence to the late 20s and has the potential to inform measurement of strength-based research and prevention programs in the emerging and young adult periods.

History

Journal

Emerging adulthood

Volume

5

Issue

5

Pagination

322 - 336

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

2167-6968

eISSN

2167-6984

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2017, Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood and SAGE Publishing