Studying Transition Processes

  • Richard A. Young
  • Sheila K. Marshall
  • Ladislav Valach
  • José F. Domene
  • Matthew D. Graham
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait


The way one conceptualizes the transition to adulthood suggests the methods that one would use to study it. For example, sociology’s life-course approach emphasizes how socially structured opportunities and limitations explain differences in the duration and sequencing of events associated with the transition to adulthood. The life-course approach studies the specific order of events that structure a person’s life, including life stages and transitions, as well as formal institutions and cultural values that contribute to that structure. Here a cause – effect relationship between limitations, opportunities, and some of the structurally defined properties of the transition (duration) are monitored and analyzed. Often retrospective recollection of the opportunities, limitations, and the duration of the transition provide data for the analysis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Young
    • 1
  • Sheila K. Marshall
    • 2
  • Ladislav Valach
    • 3
  • José F. Domene
    • 4
  • Matthew D. Graham
    • 5
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Educational, Counselling Psychology and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.School of Social Work, University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.BremgartenSwitzerland
  4. 4.University of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  5. 5.Orion HealthSurreyCanada
  6. 6.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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