This series examines youth vulnerability and risk-taking behaviors on several outcomes for young adults, using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 cohort. Notable results suggest youth follow one of four patterns in connecting to the labor market and school in the transition to adulthood: consistently-connected, later-connected, initially-connected, or never-connected. Second generation Latinos make a fairly smooth transition to young adulthood, but are less likely to engage in post-secondary schooling than whites. Youth from low-income families, distressed neighborhoods, and youth with poor mental health engage in relatively high levels of some adolescent risk behaviors and have relatively lower earnings and levels of connectedness in early adulthood.
Multiple Pathways Connecting to School and Work
Second-Generation Latinos Connecting to School and Work
Youth from Distressed Neighborhoods
Youth from Low-Income Families
Young Men and Young Women
Youth with Depression/Anxiety
Part of the Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood Factsheet series
Low-Income African American Youth
Youth from Low-Income Working Families
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