Journal article

Care Orientation in the Teens as a Predictor of Young Adult Psychosocial Adjustment

DM Hutchinson, JA Macdonald, WT Hallam, RK Leung, JW Toumbourou, R McGee, G Tooley, SA Hemphill, H Skouteris, CA Olsson



The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is a watershed period in development that carries risk for poor psychosocial adjustment. It also carries potential for positive transitions into the caregiving roles and responsibilities of adult life. Research to date has predominantly focused on adolescent predictors of problematic rather than positive transitions; yet predictors of the latter hold equal (if not greater) promise for informing health promoting interventions. The purpose of this study was threefold: (1) to use Latent Profile Analysis (LPA) to define patterns of psychosocial adjustment and maladjustment in young adulthood (21-years of age); (2) to examine the unique role of a..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the Australian Unity Centre for Quality of Life, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Longitudinal Studies Network (LSN). The authors are grateful for the financial support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (RO1 DA12140), the National Health and Medical Research Council (Project 491241), and the Australian Research Council (Discovery Projects DP0663371 and DP109574) for the International Youth Development Study. The authors acknowledge the infrastructure funding received by Murdoch Childrens Research Institute from the Victorian State Government through the Operational Infrastructure Support (OIS) Program. The authors wish to express their appreciation and thanks to project staff and participants for their valuable contribution to the project.