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Life-Paths into Young Adulthood and the Course of Substance Use and Well-Being [microform] : Inter- and Intra-Cohort Comparisons. Monitoring the Future Occasional Paper No. 43 / John Schulenberg, Patrick M. O'Malley and Jerald G. Bachman
Bib ID 5665033
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Schulenberg, John
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1998 
91 p. 

Moving from high school into young adulthood is a critical developmental transition, a time of both continuity and discontinuity in health and well-being. How well one negotiates this transition, as evidenced by one's course of well-being and substance use, depends in part on historical cohort, gender, and life-path. Using U.S. national panel data from 17 consecutive cohorts from the Monitoring the Future study, this paper examines age-related change in well-being and substance use during the first four years following high school. It examines whether the changes varied as a function of cohort group, gender, and life-path group. Findings show that well-being and substance use increased during the transition to young adulthood. Although there were no overall differences in well-being among the three cohort groups, findings show that the course of self-efficacy and fatalism during the transition differed somewhat among the cohorts. Men reported higher levels of well-being and substance use, except for cigarettes, than women. Overall differences in well-being and substance use were found across the life-paths. Limitations of the study and future directions for research are also discussed. (Contains 9 tables, 21 figures, and 68 references.) (MKA)


Sponsoring Agency: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.

Contract Number: NIDA-DA01411.

ERIC Note: Paper based in part on a presentation to the International Conference on Negotiating Adolescence in Times of Social Change: Concepts and Research (State College, PA, March 1996).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Cohort Analysis.  |  Drinking.  |  High School Seniors.  |  High Schools.  |  Marijuana.  |  Sex Differences.  |  Smoking.  |  Well Being.  |  Young Adults.  |  Transition Management  |  Monitoring the Future
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors O'Malley, Patrick M., author  |  Bachman, Jerald G., author  |  Johnson, Lloyd D., author  |  Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research
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