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


Family is one of the key loci of transition to adulthood projects. It is both a focus of transition, that is, developing new relationships between family members as one becomes an adult, and a support though which other transitions can be achieved, for example, living independently and entry into world of full-time work. Although it is consistent with action theory to expect a multitude of transition-related joint actions, projects, and communication to occur across the family system and sub-systems within the family, empirical research using the action-project method to study family transition-to-adulthood projects has focused exclusively on the parent–youth sub-system. Thus, it is this sub-system that is the focus of this chapter. However, it is important to understand that other family relationships can be just as important. For example, when the youngest child in a family begins her transition to adulthood, joint transition projects with an older sister are likely to be a vital part of her transition process.


Career Development Transition Project Mutual Relationship Adolescent Child Adulthood Project 
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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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