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Emerging Adulthood, Life Transitions, and Wellbeing


The transition from adolescence to adulthood is more protracted and complex today than for previous generations. Young people spend longer in education and training, and the traditional transitions of early adulthood – leaving the family home, adult employment, marriage/relationship, and parenthood – tend to occur later, in a range of sequences, or indeed not at all. This project uses the longitudinal strengths of the ALSWH to describe the transitions and sequences of the 1973-1978 cohort over Surveys 1 to 6, and the relationships between different patterns of transition and several measures of psychological well-being. It also includes analyses of health behaviours, physical health, and health service use.