ERIC Number: EJ905227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Nonparental Adults as Social Resources in the Transition to Adulthood
Chang, Esther S.; Greenberger, Ellen; Chen, Chuansheng; Heckhausen, Jutta; Farruggia, Susan P.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v20 n4 p1065-1082 Dec 2010
This short-term longitudinal study examined whether the social resources of important nonparental adults (VIPs) perceived by youth during their senior year of high school had a significant relation to their educational and socioemotional adjustment 1 year later. One month before their high school graduation, a multiethnic sample of youths (N = 754) reported on their grades, educational expectations, and selected psychosocial characteristics (i.e., depressed mood and misconduct); the educational attainment and perceived psychosocial characteristics of an important nonparental adult in their lives; and the educational plans and perceived psychosocial characteristics of their close friends. Key measures were included in a mailed survey 1 year later. VIP characteristics (particularly their educational attainment) were associated with post-high school adjustment, even after controlling for previous level of youth adjustment and contributions from demographic and peer characteristics.
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Social Support Groups, Adults, Educational Attainment, Adolescents, High School Graduates, Predictor Variables, Student Adjustment
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