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ERIC Number: EJ776571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
Personal Goals during Emerging Adulthood: A 10-Year Follow up
Salmela-Aro, Katariina; Aunola, Kaisa; Nurmi, Jari-Erik
Journal of Adolescent Research, v22 n6 p690-715 2007
To examine (a) how young adults' personal goals change as they progress from emerging to young adulthood in their university studies and immediately after and (b) the extent to which such changes are associated with the normative transitions and the life events they experience and their age, 297 university students completed the revised Personal Project Analysis and a life-event questionnaire five times over 10 years. The changes in young adults' personal goals reflected changing developmental tasks, role transitions, and life situations: They disengaged from goals related to education, friends, and traveling and engaged in goals related to work, family, and health. The older the participants, the more family- and work-related goals and the fewer friend-related goals they reported. The results showed further that the more family-related goals they had, the earlier they married, started to cohabitate, and had children. The earlier they had graduated and found permanent jobs, the more their education-related goals decelerated. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.) [This study was supported by Finnish Academy Grant 1210319.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland