The influence of life transition patterns on the continunity and change in psychopathology from adolescence to young adulthood and their precusors
Lee, Tae Kyoung
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The purpose of the present study are to address two hypotheses: (1) the additive and multiplicative effects of early contexts and individual characteristics on the life transition patterns from adolescence to young adulthood; timing and sequence of multiple life transition event (i.e., college graduation, full-time employment, marriage, and parenthood), and (2) the influence of transition patterns on the continuity and change of general psychopathology from adolescence to young adulthood. The present studies used a sample of 14,503 adolescents and their mothers from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Addhealth). The two studies used several types of person-centered analytical approaches to identify unobserved sub-populations of life transition patterns and longitudinal factor structures of psychopathology from adolescence to young adulthood. The findings suggest that early risk factors serve as a long-term stressor to create disrupted life transition patterns which are linked to vulnerable transition or change patterns of psychopathology from adolescence to young adulthood. The results also showed that on-time transition experiences during transition period to young adulthood re-directed their transition patterns of psychopathology to less vulnerable group in adulthood. These results highlights the needs of prevention and intervention program for selective target youths in both adolescence and transition time period.