Transition to Adulthood: Longitudinal Data Analyses

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 41 (Main Building)
RC06 Family Research (host committee)

Language: English

While youth may be variously defined in different societies, the importance of the transition to adulthood as a significant life course stage is a shared consensus. In principle, family and school are two common social institutions shaping the growth trajectory of most adolescents. But during or after late adolescence, normative expectations expand to work and/or higher education, depending on the historical and economic development of the society. Family formation or the engagement of intimate relations is another major life domain at this stage. With rapid globalization in the 21st century, transition to adulthood in many parts of the world has experienced unconventional obstacles and difficulties as well as emerging opportunities. Challenges facing the contemporary youth in transition to adulthood reveal diverse pictures which require systematic examination.
Hence, this session will invite papers analyzing the process of transition to adulthood with a particular focus on the linkages with earlier life experiences.  Youth and Family Panel Survey has become an important method to collect scientific data and also provides valuable empirical bases to examine earlier influences. Authors are thus encouraged to utilize existing longitudinal panel datasets in their analyses. Comparative studies of transition to adulthood among youth in different societies are also welcome. In particular, papers may consider macrostructural and cultural influences from family, school, community or kin and peers as well as various educational or occupational outcome and psychological well-being. Specific subjects are not restricted and papers which examine the process from early adolescence to young adulthood are especially welcome.
Session Organizer:
Chin-Chun YI, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Life Experiences Linked to Positive Trajectories during Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood
Jeylan MORTIMER, University of Minnesota, Department of Sociology, USA; Dom ROLANDO, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics, USA
Turning Points during Transitions to Adulthood – the Descendants of Immigrants in Germany
Nicolas LEGEWIE, German Institute for Economic Research, Germany; Ingrid TUCCI, LEST, CNRS, France
Childhood Poverty, Cumulative Risk Exposure, and Adjustment in Emerging Adults: A Prospective Latent Profile with Contextual Factors
Hsing-Jung CHEN, Graduate Institute of Social Work, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan; Yi-fu CHEN, Department of Sociology, National Taipei University, Taiwan
Leaving Parental Home in Germany: "Hotel Mama" Revisited.
Dirk KONIETZKA, TU Braunschweig, Germany; André TATJES, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany
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