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Vulnerable Youth and the Transition to Adulthood

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Document date: August 19, 2009
Released online: August 27, 2009


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

Topics/Tags: | Cities and Neighborhoods | Education | Families and Parenting | Immigrants | Race/Ethnicity/Gender

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