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(p. 5) Development in the Transition to Adulthood: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities 

(p. 5) Development in the Transition to Adulthood: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities
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(p. 5) Development in the Transition to Adulthood: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities
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Keith B. Burt

and Ann S. Masten

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780195332711.003.0001
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date: 23 October 2018

This chapter reviews the status of research on young adult development from a developmental psychopathology perspective, particularly with respect to psychosocial competence and problems in adaptive function. It discusses developmental task theory in the young adult years, noting the importance of integrating behavioral and biological research with the study of developmental context, as well as the concept of emerging adulthood as a distinct developmental period and its implications for young adult mental health. Finally, it reviews recent empirical work on competence and resilience through the transition to adulthood, drawing on findings from the Project Competence studies of adaptation in a normative community cohort as well as related research from high-risk samples.

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