Transition to Adulthood

pp 121-132



  • Richard A. YoungAffiliated withDepartment of Educational, Counselling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia Email author 
  • , Sheila K. MarshallAffiliated withSchool of Social Work, University of British Columbia
  • , Ladislav ValachAffiliated with
  • , José F. DomeneAffiliated withUniversity of New Brunswick
  • , Matthew D. GrahamAffiliated withOrion Health
  • , Anat Zaidman-ZaitAffiliated withUniversity of British Columbia

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Research on the transition to adulthood shows that social and economic conditions contribute to different pathways to adulthood. These conditions, although experienced individually, exist and operate across individuals. For example, youth who grow up in poor families move earlier than other youth into marriage and cohabitation (Meier & Allen, 2008). These differences can be approached by thinking about the variables of family income and education. But a variable approach only provides a social address. It does not tell us about the processes that contribute to different pathways to adulthood. A different approach, particularly when addressing the link to processes across individuals, is to consider culture.