Transition to Adulthood as a Parent-Youth Project: Governance Transfer, Career Promotion, and Relational Processes

Richard A. Young, Sheila K. Marshall, José F. Domene, Matthew Graham, Corinne Logan, Anat Zaidman-Zait, Amy Mart, Celine M. Lee

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Abstract

This study determined how youth (ages 17-21) and their parents jointly constructed and acted on goals and strategies pertinent to the transition to adulthood. Twenty parent-youth dyads were followed over an 8-month period using the qualitative action-project method. Data included their joint conversations, video recall of internal processes, self-monitoring logs, and researcher telephone monitoring. Detailed and repeated analysis of elements, functional steps, and goals resulted in the identification of an explicit joint project for each dyad that the participants saw as pertinent to the transition to adulthood. These projects referred broadly to the youth development of identity and social inclusion in the adult world and included the specific projects of career promotion, governance transfer, and parent-youth relational processes. The findings illustrate the complexity of the transition-to-adulthood process as well as its joint construction by parent and youth. Implications for practice include identifying and following the joint parent-youth transition project.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-307
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adulthood
  • parents
  • project
  • transition
  • youth

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