Early family transitions and depressive symptom changes from adolescence to early adulthood

Alan Booth, Elisa Rustenbach, Susan McHale

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Abstract

Some research and theory suggest that early cohabitation, parenthood, and marriage have negative long-term implications. Nevertheless, in the context of their resources and opportunities, early transitions may represent positive choices for some individuals. We studied the family and personal characteristics of young adults (N = 8,172) who did, versus those who did not, make early family transitions. We assessed changes in their depressive symptoms from adolescence to young adulthood. Individuals who made early family transitions were disadvantaged in many respects, but differed little from those who did not with respect to changes in depressive symptoms. That they stay "even" with those who do not make transitions suggests that some young adults make positive choices from among limited options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-14
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

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In: Journal of Marriage and Family, Vol. 70, No. 1, 01.02.2008, p. 3-14.

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