Pathways of adaptation from adolescence to young adulthood: Antecedents and correlates

Jelena Obradović, Keith B. Burt, Ann S. Masten

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This study examines longitudinal change using a person-centered approach to differentiate patterns of adaptive functioning from adolescence to adulthood. Data are drawn from a 20-year longitudinal study of competence and resilience in the lives of 205 school children (29% minority). Results indicate five distinct pathways of adaptation: (1) low-declining, (2) low-improving, (3) middle-improving, (4) middle-declining, and (5) consistently high. The study also compares the five groups on childhood risks and resources, and on longitudinal assessment of competence and adversity. Interestingly, the most dramatic changes in pathways of adaptation occur during the period of emerging adulthood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResilience in Children
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Inc
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1573316431, 9781573316439
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
ISSN (Print)0077-8923
ISSN (Electronic)1749-6632


  • Adaptation
  • Adversity
  • Competence
  • Resilience
  • Risk


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