Research :: How Youth are Faring in the Transition to Adulthood

Led by our partners at Child Trends, NAHIC developed three briefs examining how youth are faring in the transition to adulthood, with respect to having problems related to heavy alcohol use, illicit drug use, criminal behavior, and financial hardship.

Encouraging news from the first brief is that most young adults avoid these problems and most of those who have moderate or multiple problems in their early 20s, have minimal problems by their late 20s.

The second brief explores adolescent predictors of these problems and suggests that supportive relationships with teachers and parents and weekly religious involvement during adolescence help youth avoid problematic outcomes in early adulthood.

The third brief provides evidence that depression and suicidality in adolescence are associated with more problems in young adulthood and unhealthy transitions during the young adult years.

Two additional Child Trends briefs prepared under a partnership with NAHIC examine the adolescent predictors of young adult function. A brief released in 2013 suggests that depression and suicidality in adolescence are predictive of unhealthy relationships in young adulthood. A 2014 brief presents findings from a study on high school health policies and young adult substance use.


Depression, Families, Mental/Behavioral Health, Reports, Socio-demographic disparities, Substance Use, Transitions & Trajectories, Young Adults


July 30, 2014


Transitioning to Adulthood- The Role of Supportive Relationships and Regular Religious Involvement
Transitioning to Adulthood- How Do Young Adults Fare and What Characteristics are Associated with a Lower-Risk Transition


Stress and Stress Management Among Youth and Young Men

This 2008 article examines research related to stress and stress management, with a focus on young males.

Journal Articles | Males | Mental/Behavioral Health | Young Adults

Use of Mental Health Counseling as Adolescents Become Young Adults

This 2008 article uses AddHealth data to compare rates of mental health counseling use between adolescents and young adults.

Journal Articles | Mental/Behavioral Health | Transitions & Trajectories | Young Adults

Health Care for Homeless Youth: Policy Options for Improving Access

This issue brief, developed by the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, presents an overview of the health care issues faced by homeless adolescents and young adults.

Access & Utilization | Policy | Reports | Special Populations | Young Adults

Protecting Adolescent Confidentiality Under Health Care Reform: The Special Case Regarding Explanation of Benefits (EOBs)

This report explores a number of strategies to balance the need of confidentiality with patient communication, and provides insights offered through interviews with experts on the subject.

Affordable Care Act | Confidential Care | Reports | Youth-Centered Care

A Profile of Adolescent Health: The Role of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

This 2002 article reviews the gender and racial/ethnic disparities in adolescent health.

Mental/Behavioral Health | Mortality | Risky Behavior | Sexual and Reproductive Health | Socio-demographic disparities | Substance Use | Trends