Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The site provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
Gates Foundation: Successful Young Adult Development
PDF Document of the Executive Summary of the Successful Young Adult Development Report submitted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by researchers at the Search Institute and the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington. This may be a useful model for determining indicators for use in research on emerging adults.
Child Trends DataBank
Provides quick and condensed information on the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child, adolescent, and emerging adult well being. Topics include depression across the lifespan, mental health issues typical among young adults, and mental and physical health trends among young adults in prison.
Alan Reifman’s Emerging Adulthood Blog
Dr. Alan Reifman is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. His Blog comments on such topics as current emerging adulthood research, emerging adulthood in the popular media, and the incorporations of the emerging adulthood concept into public policy.
The Network on Transitions to Adulthood
“The Network on Transitions to Adulthood studies individuals aged 18-30. It examines the multiple markers of adulthood and the variety of combinations and sequences in which they occur. The Network also explores how societal institutions may facilitate the transition from adolescence to adulthood.” (From website)
Princeton Data Resources: Young Adults and Transition to Adulthood
Link to Princeton University’s Data and Statistical Services that provides access to multiple databanks and research resources focused on late adolescence, emerging adulthood, and early adulthood.
Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement Study
“The AHAA study expands the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to include detailed measures of academic progress and high school curriculum. The AHAA study contributes to Add Health by providing the high school transcripts of Add Health Wave III sample members. Special indicators include (1) educational achievement, (2) course taking patterns, (3) curricular exposure, and (4) educational contexts within and between schools.” (From website)
Longitudinal Study of Young People in England
“The main role of the study is to identify and enable analysis and understanding of the key factors affecting young people's progress in transition from the later years of compulsory education, through any subsequent education or training, to entry into the labour market or other outcomes. Data from the study will be used, among other things, to monitor the progress of the cohort group, evaluate the success or otherwise of policy aimed at this group and provide an evidence base for further policy development. Sample boosts took place for deprivation factors and for ethnicity.” (From website)
The questionnaire includes items such as: household and demographic information, attitudes to the young person's school and involvement in education, extra-curricular activities, parental expectations and aspirations, risk factors (absences, truancy, police contact, bullying), and individual parent questions.
National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (Canada)
“Long-term study of Canadian children that follows their development and well-being from birth to early adulthood. The study is designed to collect information about factors influencing a child's social, emotional and behavioural development and to monitor the impact of these factors on the child's development over time. Data beyond Cycle 3 is available only through the Research Data Centres in Canada.” (From website)
Parenting a Young Adult
“The Dos and Don’ts of Mothering an Adult.” A resource for parents of emerging adults.
Teachers of Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Guidelines set by the Indiana Department of Education for teachers of adolescents and young adults. Provides an outline of standards for such topics as development, decision making, learning, curricula, instruction, teacher-parent relationships, and the transition out of high school.
Parenting teens and young adults (links)
Information site for parents of emerging adults with chronic health, physical, or developmental disabilities. Provides a list of links and resources for further information.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System 1991+
“Monitors health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity, alcohol and other drug use. Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection. Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.” (From website)
US Department of Labor (National Longitudinal Surveys)
“The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 3 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.” (From website).
Relevant Surveys on this Site:
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97)
Survey of young men and women born in the years 1980-84; respondents were ages 12-17 when first interviewed in 1997.
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)
Survey of men and women born in the years 1957-64; respondents were ages 14-22 when first interviewed in 1979.
McGraw-Hill Early Adulthood Resources
An accompaniment to developmental textbooks and course guides, this resource provides web resources to assist in the teaching of early adulthood physical development and cognitive and social development. The site also provides resources for faculty and students.
Teens with Disabilities
Article and list of resources for parents of teens who have disabilities and are entering the transition to adulthood.
UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children
Transition information and resources from the University of Illinois at Chicago for parents of emerging adults with special health care needs.
By Parents for Parents Blog
Blog with news, advice, and resources for parents of “young people taking longer to transition to adulthood.”
Transition Planning Resource Guide for Families and Teens
A booklet developed for families to help teens with special needs prepare for adulthood.
The Network on Transitions to Adulthood
From Website: “The Network on the Transitions to Adulthood, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, examines the changing nature of early adulthood (ages 18-34), and the policies, programs, and institutions that support young people as they move into adulthood.” The website provides information on trends, publications, and resources.
United Nations World Youth Report
From Website: “The World Youth Report 2007 examines the challenges and opportunities existing for the roughly 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world. Distinct from the 2003 and 2005 editions, it provides a regional overview summarizing the major youth development trends in the fifteen priority areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth. The report explores major issues of concern to youth development, including employment, education, health, poverty and violence. At the same time, it highlights youth as a positive force for development and provides recommendations for supporting their essential contributions.”
National Center on Youth Transition
Based at the University of South Florida, the National Center on Youth Transition is dedicated to improving the practices, systems, and outcomes for transition-age youth and young adults (14-25 years old) with emotional and/or behavior difficulties.
Early Adulthood Resources
List of resources regarding early adulthood development, with specific resources on physical development, cognitive and social development, and resources for faculty and students.
The site of the Michigan Study of Adolescent and Adult Life Transitions (MSALT) provides information on questionnaires, scales, and data for researchers, a list of articles and publications that have resulted from the study, and a list of family, education, and career web resources.
*State of Michigan Department of Community Health Resources
Provides resources regarding health care, employment, and independence for youth with special health care needs. Includes Task Force Newsletters
*Transition to Adulthood
Resources from Schwab Learning for parents of teenagers with learning disabilities who are entering the transition to adulthood.