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Forthcoming Special Issue: How Culture Matters in Programs for Adolescents
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 3, 2016 Category: Child Development Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

School Adjustment and Friendship Quality of First- and Second-Generation Adolescent Immigrants to Spain as a Function of Acculturation
The purpose of this study was to determine the links between school adjustment, friendship, and identification with both the cultures of origin and with the host culture. Our overriding hypothesis was that integration in Berry’s terms, that is, simultaneous identification with both the culture of origin and the majority Spanish/Catalan culture, would predict better school adjustment. We also expected the same integrated acculturative stance to be linked with closer and less conflictual friendships. The participants were 682 students, in six public high schools in Catalonia, Spain. Of these, 226 were first- and second...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 3, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Alvarez Valdivia, I. M., Schneider, B. H., Carrasco, C. V. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Experience of Early Marriage: Perspectives of Engaged and Married Muslim Women in Israel
The negative impact of early marriage on girls’ psychosocial well-being is well documented in the literature, but little is known about the girls’ motivations and experiences within marriage. A phenomenological case study approach, combining artwork and semi-structured interviews, was used to investigate the motivations and experiences of early marriage among 10 engaged and married young Muslim women who married young in Israel. The findings regarding the engaged women point to their decision to use marriage as a way to fulfill their need for freedom, their wish to experience love in a culturally respectable fr...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 3, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Segal-Engelchin, D., Huss, E., Massry, N. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Motherhood as the Vehicle for Change in Australian Adolescent Women of Preterm and Full-Term Infants
Preterm birth represents an interruption to the normal development of maternal identity and is considered a highly stressful event for adult mothers. However, no research has investigated whether or how preterm birth affects the adolescent mother’s transition to motherhood. The current study aimed to explicate the experience of being a mother for adolescent women who experienced a preterm or term birth in Australia. This Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Study analyzed interviews with 14 primiparous, English-speaking adolescent mothers (15-19 years; 10 preterm and 4 full term) who participated in three intervi...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 3, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Sheeran, N., Jones, L., Rowe, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Exploring the Appearance Culture in Early Adolescence: A Qualitative Focus Group Approach in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)
Despite the heightened awareness of body image concerns in early adolescence, there has been little research in Ireland regarding young people’s own perspectives on associated factors. Eight focus groups with young adolescents were conducted to explore common perceptions and influential processes occurring within the current Irish appearance culture. Three main themes emerged reflecting (a) appearance-related norms and processes operating in young adolescents’ immediate environment, (b) means by which more distal levels of sociocultural influences are transmitted, and (c) individual characteristics that shape t...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 3, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Kierans, J., Swords, L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Toward a Culturally and Contextually Sensitive Understanding of Resilience: Privileging the Voices of Black, South African Young People
Extant theories of resilience, or the process of adjusting well to adversity, privilege the voices of minority-world young people. Consequently, the resilience of marginalized, majority-world youth is imperfectly understood, and majority-world social ecologies struggle to facilitate resilience in ways that respect the insights of majority-world youth and their cultural and contextual positioning. Accordingly, this article makes audible, as it were, the voices of 181 rural, Black, South African adolescents with the purpose of explicating which resilience-supporting processes characterize their positive adjustment to disadva...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 3, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Theron, L. C. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Forthcoming Special Issue: How Culture Matters in Programs for Adolescents
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 5, 2016 Category: Child Development Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

Adolescent Nondisclosure in Cultural Context: Voices of Chinese American Adolescents and Parents
This qualitative study explored second-generation Chinese American adolescents’ nondisclosure to parents on the basis of their experiences in daily interactions. The research questions were as follows: (a) What role does adolescents’ nondisclosure play in parent-adolescent relationships in second-generation Chinese American families? (b) How do factors of adolescent nondisclosure interplay with the cultural context? In-depth individual interviews were conducted with 16 adolescents (6 boys and 10 girls, average age 15) and 11 immigrant parents in a large urban area in the Western United States. The principal the...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 5, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Yau, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Violence in the Social Networks of Homeless Youths: Implications for Network-Based Prevention Programming
This study examined social network processes related to interpersonal violence using a sample of 360 homeless youths from Los Angeles. Results indicated that violence is pervasive among homeless youths. Consistent with previous findings, hard drug use and childhood maltreatment experiences were closely related to violence experiences. Social network analyses revealed that having a higher proportion of violence-engaged peers in a youth’s network is associated with increased risk of personal violent behavior as well as having a high k-core number within the larger overall homeless youth network. The findings have impor...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 5, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Petering, R., Rice, E., Rhoades, H. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

"They Will Post a Law About Playing Soccer" and Other Ethnic/Racial Microaggressions in Organized Activities Experienced by Mexican-Origin Families
Organized activities have been found to provide positive experiences for Latino adolescents to develop confidence and learn critical life skills; however, these programs are sometimes a context where youth encounter negative experiences related to ethnic/racial microaggressions (ERMs). This qualitative study explores the types of ERMs that Mexican-origin parents and adolescents encountered in their organized activities experience. Parents were mainly concerned about SB-1070 and the associated law enforcement practices that posed a threat to transporting their children to and from the organized activity site. Adolescents re...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 5, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Lin, A. R., Menjivar, C., Vest Ettekal, A., Simpkins, S. D., Gaskin, E. R., Pesch, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

"Im Not Just Runnin the Streets": Exposure to Neighborhood Violence and Violence Management Strategies Among Urban Youth of Color
This article examines the experiences of 25 youth of color living in East Oakland, California. Building on empirical studies examining violence prevention efforts on the behalf of and among youth and using an ethnographic approach, this study samples young people, with varying levels of education, income, and motivation for involvement, attending the same youth-serving organization in East Oakland. The findings offer a frame of "violence management strategies" for the active ways in which youth strategically avoid unsafe spaces and people and seek out safe spaces and people on a daily basis within their neighborhoods marke...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 5, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Dill, L. J., Ozer, E. J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

How Children Understand Civic Actions: A Mixed Methods Perspective
The development of civically engaged citizens is vital for democratic societies. Although several studies have explored children and adolescents’ conceptualizations of civic engagement, less is known about youths’ understanding of the individual skills and attributes best suited for civic action. The current study utilized a Q-sort methodology to explore the types of character strengths children and adolescents (n = 87; Mage = 13, 9-19, 52% female) assigned to people who engage in different types of civic activities. Participants sorted 12 character strengths (amazed, creative, forgiving, future-minded, generou...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 5, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Metzger, A., Syvertsen, A. K., Oosterhoff, B., Babskie, E., Wray-Lake, L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Forthcoming Special Issue: How Culture Matters in Programs for Adolescents
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - May 20, 2016 Category: Child Development Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

Cultural, Media, and Peer Influences on Body Beauty Perceptions of Mexican American Adolescent Girls
Social and cultural values are believed to play a role in the types of bodies that adolescent girls consider beautiful and desirable. In this article, the authors analyzed qualitative interviews from 27 Latina mid-adolescent girls (ages 14 to 16) regarding their perceptions of what body shapes and sizes are valued in Latino culture and European American culture, the nature of their conversations with friends about appearance, and whether boys and the larger community consider large body sizes to be acceptable. There was an overwhelming consensus that a slender but curvy figure is the ideal body type in Latino culture and t...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - May 20, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Romo, L. F., Mireles-Rios, R., Hurtado, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

A Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Internet Addiction: The Role of Conscientiousness and Classroom Hostility
Over the last decade, research on Internet addiction (IA) has increased. However, almost all studies in the area are cross-sectional and do not examine the context in which Internet use takes place. Therefore, a longitudinal study examined the role of conscientiousness (as a personality trait) and classroom hostility (as a contextual factor) in the development of IA. The participants comprised 648 adolescents and were assessed over a 2-year period (while aged 16-18 years). A three-level hierarchical linear model was carried out on the data collected. Findings revealed that (a) lower conscientiousness was associated with IA...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - May 20, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Stavropoulos, V., Kuss, D., Griffiths, M., Motti-Stefanidi, F. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

How to Cope With Digital Stress: The Recommendations Adolescents Offer Their Peers Online
There is considerable interest in ways to support adolescents in their digital lives, particularly related to the relational challenges they face. While researchers have explored coping with cyberbullying, the scope of relevant digital issues is considerably broader. Through the lens of online peer responses to personal accounts posted by adolescents, this study explores recommended strategies for coping with different experiences of socio-digital stress, including both hostility-oriented issues and digital challenges related to navigating close relationships. A content analysis of 628 comments posted in response to 180 st...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - May 20, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Weinstein, E. C., Selman, R. L., Thomas, S., Kim, J.-E., White, A. E., Dinakar, K. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Adolescent Media and Social Media Use: Implications for Development
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - May 20, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Michikyan, M., Suarez-Orozco, C. Tags: Introduction Source Type: research

Forthcoming Special Issue: How Culture Matters in Programs for Adolescents
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - April 7, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Rodriguez, V. C., Suarez-Orozco, C. Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

Mexican American Adolescent Couples Communicating About Conflict: An Integrated Developmental and Cultural Perspective
Using observational methods on a small sample of committed Mexican American couples (N=10, ages 15-17, M length of relationship = 26.5 months), we describe and categorize developmental and cultural communication patterns concerning the negotiation of conflict issues. Videotaped dyadic interactions were transcribed and qualitatively coded using iterative confirmatory and exploratory approaches. Quantitative indicators confirmed the categorization of couples into discourse styles, as well as elucidated the contexts and extent of overlap of developmental and cultural themes. Nine of ten couples had a serious discussion of rel...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - April 7, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Rueda, H. A., Williams, L. R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Parents School Satisfaction and Academic Socialization Predict Adolescents Autonomous Motivation: A Mixed-Method Study of Low-Income Ethnic Minority Families
In this mixed-methods study, we used an explanatory sequential design to investigate the processes through which parental involvement influences adolescents’ achievement motivation. One hundred twenty low-income urban parents and their sixth-grade adolescents completed questionnaires, and a subsample of 11 mothers and 11 adolescents were interviewed. Parents’ questionnaires measured their satisfaction with their childhood school experiences, their current academic socialization practices, and their educational aspirations for their adolescents. Adolescents’ questionnaires measured their motivation to achi...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - April 7, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Suizzo, M.-A., Jackson, K. M., Pahlke, E., McClain, S., Marroquin, Y., Blondeau, L. A., Hong, K. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Experience of Ethnic and Racial Group Membership Among Immigrant-Origin Adolescents
This study examined how racial minority immigrant-origin adolescents in an urban setting construct and negotiate experiences of their ethnic and racial group membership, acculturative stress, and approaches to coping with acculturative stress. Guided by an integrative contextual framework of minority youth development, semistructured group interviews were conducted with 64 adolescents (35 girls and 29 boys) at an urban public high school located in the Northeastern part of the United States. Participants were either immigrants or children of immigrants from Afro-Caribbean (e.g., Haitian), Asian, Latino/a, and South Asian b...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - April 7, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Tummala-Narra, P., Sathasivam-Rueckert, N. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

"I Have Goals to Prove All Those People Wrong and Not Fit Into Any One of Those Boxes": Paths of Resistance to Stereotypes Among Black Adolescent Males
Adolescents form their identities by both accommodating (endorsing) and resisting (challenging) cultural stereotypes. Most research on Black males focuses on how they accommodate to negative stereotypes (e.g., delinquency, aggression), but a growing literature emphasizes how youth resist stereotypes. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed to examine patterns of resistance and accommodation at the intersection of racial and gender stereotypes among Black adolescent males (N = 21). Findings indicate that, overall, Black males resist racial stereotypes more readily than gender. Using an intersectionality lens, we found thre...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - April 7, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Rogers, L. O., Way, N. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Using CBPR Methods in College Health Research: Exploring Excessive Alcohol Consumption
This study utilized CBPR methods within a college community to gain insight into excessive alcohol consumption. Six student researchers planned and carried out a rigorous qualitative study at a public university in the Northeast region of the United States. A total of 48 undergraduate participants were recruited for focus groups that were facilitated by two student researchers, and transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis methods. Students’ reasons for drinking alcohol were focused within the themes of inclusion, habitual default, and the student development process. Social media, strict policy/enforcement, a...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - January 15, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Bulmer, S. M., Barton, B. A., Liefeld, J., Montauti, S., Santos, S., Richard, M., Hnath, L., Pelletier, K., Lalanne, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Storytelling for Empowerment for Latino Teens: Increasing HIV Prevention Knowledge and Attitudes
Latino adolescents are disproportionately impacted by HIV, but researchers have documented few programs to prevent and reduce HIV risk. The Storytelling for Empowerment (SFE) HIV StoryBook was designed with an innovative ecodevelopment approach combining empowerment, family communication, and positive cultural identity. A mixed method design used both a randomized control group design, as well as grounded theory coding of semi-structured focus group interviews. For the quantitative method, a total of 96 adolescents (85% Latino, M age = 12.2) were randomized to either the SFE HIV StoryBook condition or a control condition a...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - January 15, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Nelson, A., Cordova, D., Walters, A. S., Szecsy, E. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Model Versus Military Pilot: A Mixed-Methods Study of Adolescents Attitudes Toward Women in Varied Occupations
Using an experimental methodology, the present study investigated adolescents’ attitudes toward media images of women in non-appearance-focused (CEO and military pilot) and appearance-focused occupations (model and actor). One hundred adolescent girls and 76 adolescent boys provided ratings of likability, competence, and similarity to self after viewing media images of women in non-appearance-focused and appearance-focused occupations. Both boys and girls reported that women in non-appearance-focused occupations were good role models at higher rates than women in appearance-focused occupations. Girls reported greater...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - January 15, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Daniels, E. A., Sherman, A. M. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Young Men Who Have Sex With Mens Experiences With Intimate Partner Violence
Research estimating the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among men who have sex with men (MSM) and other sexual minority populations is limited. However, existing research indicates rates similar to heterosexual women. This mixed-methods study was designed to inform intervention development and provides a description of the types of IPV experienced by young MSM (YMSM) within their dating and intimate relationships. Data collected include 101 surveys with YMSM aged 18 to 25 and 26 semi-structured qualitative interviews. YMSM experienced high levels of psychological aggression, physical assault, and sexual coerc...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - January 15, 2016 Category: Child Development Authors: Kubicek, K., McNeeley, M., Collins, S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Factors Associated With Truancy: Emerging Adults Recollections of Skipping School
Although truancy has been studied extensively, less attention has been given to the actual voices of the truants themselves. The current study helps fill that gap by examining recollections from a sample of 34 emerging adults (ages 18-25) who experienced various levels of high school truancy across different geographical settings. A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews was used to explore how former truants spent their time while being truant. The findings highlight factors in the contexts of the individual, home, and school that can impact the decision to be truant from school. (Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - December 2, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Dahl, P. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Examining the Relationship Between Role Models and Leadership Growth During the Transition to Adulthood
Leadership and developmental scholars have highlighted the need to enhance youth leadership skills. Yet, research that explains youths’ perceptions of how and when role models influences their leadership growth processes is limited. To address these gaps and begin to develop an understanding of youths’ perspectives, we employed a qualitative, grounded theory design and interviewed emerging adults (N = 23) about their perceptions of their own leadership development. Our analysis resulted in a role model–driven framework for youth leadership development. This framework illustrates participants’ descri...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - December 2, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Bowers, J. R., Rosch, D. M., Collier, D. A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Pushing and Pulling Emerging Adults Through College: College Generational Status and the Influence of Parents and Others in the First Year
Interview, survey, and academic transcript data with a diverse sample of first-generation college (FGC) and continuing generation college (CGC) premedical intended emerging adults are analyzed to study academic outcomes and any differences in the availability and use of social capital the first year of college. CGC students know many people with college degrees including those in careers they aspire to obtain, while FGC students do not. All students identify parents as very important forms of social capital who contribute to their success in college, but the types of support differs by educational background. Students whos...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - December 2, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Nichols, L., Islas, A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

"Cause Thats the Only Skills in School You Need": A Qualitative Analysis of Revenge Goals in Poor Urban Youth
Revenge goals are correlated with maladjustment, and retaliation is a factor driving youth violence. However, revenge might be an important social tool adolescents use to achieve (self-)justice in environments where institutionalized interventions from authorities such as teachers or police are limited. This qualitative secondary analysis of 50 revenge scenarios from a larger study (N = 358 youth-caregiver dyads) expands one-dimensional knowledge from closed-answer vignettes to the rich real-world experiences of youth (aged 10-16; 30 boys, 20 girls), from an urban community sample. Ten patterns of qualitative differences i...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - December 2, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Jäggi, L., Kliewer, W. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

"Thats Just How It Is": A Gendered Analysis of Masculinity and Femininity Ideologies in Adolescent Girls and Boys Heterosexual Relationships
In this mixed-methods study, we adopted a feminist theoretical lens in conceptualizing gender as hierarchical and complementary ideologies—femininity and masculinity—that are fundamental constituents of institutionalized heterosexuality as a way to understand the persistence of gender inequity in adolescents’ heterosexual relationships. In Study 1, we conducted separate analyses for girls and boys to evaluate whether masculinity ideology for boys and femininity ideology for girls account for boys’ endorsement of male coercion and for girls’ endorsement of feminine conventions in heterosexual r...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - December 2, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Tolman, D. L., Davis, B. R., Bowman, C. P. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Call for Papers
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

5-HTTLPR, Suicidal Behavior by Others, Depression, and Criminal Behavior During Adolescence
Vicarious strains like suicidal behavior on the part of others have been shown to be predictive of both negative emotions and antisocial behavior during adolescence. Little research to date, however, has examined the role that biological factors play in moderating these relationships. Using a sample of adolescents drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (N = 7,995), and drawing on two separate, but related, theories, I explore whether the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) interacts with suicidal behavior by others to affect depression and self-reported crime. Results of ordinary least squares a...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Watts, S. J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

The Role of Moral Worldviews in Predicting Sexual Behavior From Adolescence to Emerging Adulthood
We examined the relationship between moral worldview and number of sexual partners across 6 years in a nationally representative sample of 2,202 emerging adults. Using negative binomial fixed-effects regression models to control for all time-invariant confounders, we found that while changes toward more orthodox moral worldviews account for differences in number of partners during adolescence, this effect disappears as teens enter emerging adulthood. We explored two possible explanations for this change in effect, including (a) whether moral worldviews are simply standing in for external factors that are actually driving o...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Victor, E. C., Miles, A., Vaisey, S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Calling the Screens: Self-Reported Developmental Outcomes in Competitive Basketball
The purpose of this study was to examine female players’ motives for participation in competitive sports, how they felt involvement has aided in their development, and explore negative experiences that had served as detractors to enjoyment. Focus groups were conducted with 31 players who currently participate on a competitive youth basketball team. Player responses revealed that participation in youth sport is motivated by two main themes: enjoyment and serving a purpose. Players also felt that participation in sport aided their development in six areas: social competency, self-confidence, self-discipline and respect...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Harrist, C. J., Witt, P. A. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Fortifying Leisure: Adolescent Perspectives of Family Leisure in Uganda
This study examined family leisure patterns and meanings of family leisure from the perspective of adolescents living in the Mukono District of Uganda. Sixty-eight secondary students were interviewed. Results indicate Ugandan adolescent definitions of leisure reflect leisure as free time and leisure as a means to an end. Students mentioned three primary family leisure outcomes (enjoyment/fun, personal development, and family development) that point toward a core theme. Fortifying describes the importance Ugandan youth place upon family leisure outcomes that strengthen the individual to overcome inevitable challenges they w...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: McGovern, R. A., Taniguchi, S., Hite, J. M., Hite, S. J., Widmer, M., Mugimu, C. B., Nsubuga, Y. K. Tags: Special Section: The Neglected 95% Source Type: research

Adolescents' Explanations for the Exclusion of Peers With Mental Health Problems: An Insight Into Stigma
Young people with mental health problems are often excluded from their peer group; however, research has not specifically explored their peers’ explanations for this exclusion. Drawing on data from group interviews with Irish adolescents (N = 148), this study explores the reasons offered for rejecting young people with mental health problems. Such reasons include perceived violation of expectations of friendships, and perceived social and personal risks to members of the peer group. The implications of these findings for the development of interventions to combat the stigma of mental health problems are discussed. (S...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: O'Driscoll, C., Heary, C., Hennessy, E., McKeague, L. Tags: Special Section: The Neglected 95% Source Type: research

How Do Young Poles Perceive Their Adulthood?
The present study focuses on three issues: sense of adulthood, self-perception within five features of emerging adulthood, and conceptions of adulthood. The sample consisted of 684 subjects (349 late adolescents, 207 emerging adults, and 128 young adults). The results show that emerging adults differ in their perceived adult status from both late adolescents and young adults, being situated in-between those two groups. The findings also confirm that age groups differ with respect to self-perception within the features of emerging adulthood but they do not show a predominance of any of the features in emerging adults. Furth...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Oleszkowicz, A., Misztela, A. Tags: Special Section: The Neglected 95% Source Type: research

"There's More Between Heaven and Earth": Danish Emerging Adults' Religious Beliefs and Values
In a qualitative interview study, 18 Danish emerging adults (ages 18-27) were asked about their religious beliefs and moral views. Most had received little or no formal religious training within their families, but they nevertheless participated in the "confirmation" process in the Danish state Lutheran church at age 14. Regarding their current beliefs, the majority were nonbelievers (agnostic, atheist, or no beliefs), and none expressed a traditional Christian faith. Nevertheless, they held a variety of beliefs in some kind of life after death; relatively few participants believed that death is simply the end of existence...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Arnett, J. J., Jensen, L. A. Tags: Special Section: The Neglected 95% Source Type: research

Introduction to the Special Section: Reflections on Expanding the Cultural Scope of Adolescent and Emerging Adult Research
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - October 5, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Arnett, J. J. Tags: Special Section: The Neglected 95% Source Type: research

Call for Papers
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 11, 2015 Category: Child Development Tags: Announcement Source Type: research

When Movies Matter: Emerging Adults Recall Memorable Movies
The present study utilized retrospective, autobiographical methodology to investigate the social psychological significance of specific movies, identified as memorable or meaningful for a sample of emerging adults (N = 83). Participants identified a movie and responded to a series of open-ended prompts including why the movie was chosen, the valence and socio-emotional context of the viewing experience, and its perceived emotional impact. Qualitative coding revealed three themes: Life Lessons (inspiration, social comparison, coping, and negative contemplation), Character Connections (identification and idealization), and S...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 11, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Greenwood, D., Long, C. R. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

African American Emerging Adults' Perspectives on Taking Asthma Controller Medication: Adherence in the "Age of Feeling In-Between"
This study included African Americans with asthma in emerging adulthood, a developmental period largely neglected in the research literature but known to be a time of great risk asthma morbidity and mortality. We conducted thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews (N = 19) to explore barriers to adherence in the context of the transition into adulthood. Key themes for non-adherence emerged after careful follow-up prompting by the interviewer: forgetting to take medications, deciding not to take medications as prescribed, and systemic barriers. Clinicians and researchers interested in improving adherence should carefu...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 11, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: MacDonell, K. K., Carcone, A. I., Naar-King, S., Gibson-Scipio, W., Lam, P. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

"It Felt Good but Weird at the Same Time": Emerging Adults' First Experiences of Six Different Sexual Behaviors
This article uses open-ended coded data from a longitudinal study of college students (N = 346; M age = 18.5, 52% female, 27% Hispanic/Latino [HL], 25% non-HL European American, 23% non-HL Asian American, 16% non-HL African American, 9% non-HL multiracial) to examine what emotional responses emerging adults report about their first experiences of six sexual behaviors. The four most common emotional reactions were happy, excited, fearful, and indifferent. Descriptions were largely positive, although mixed reactions were relatively common and emotional reactions varied by behavior. Results suggest the importance of including...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 11, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Vasilenko, S. A., Maas, M. K., Lefkowitz, E. S. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Why Take Risks? Four Good Reasons According to Emerging Adult College Students
College-attending emerging adults (ages 18-26, n = 233) were asked to describe their personal philosophy on taking risks. "Taking risks" was undefined, in order to allow for individual interpretation. Thematic coding was used to assess the degree of endorsement, reasons to take risks, and reasons to avoid risks cited in responses. Whereas 7.3% of students focused solely on risk avoidance, 55.4% stressed the importance of weighing pros and cons, and 37.3% fully endorsed risk taking. Among reasons cited for taking risks, the most common motivation was personal growth, followed by achievement, to avoid missing out, and enjoym...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 11, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Ravert, R. D., Gomez-Scott, J. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Exploring the Experiences of Female Emerging Adult Mentors: Building a Conceptual Model
While mentoring programs are prevalent, limited research focused on the mentors’ experiences exist, particularly during critical periods of development. Using a qualitative, grounded theory approach, this study explores the elements of the mentoring experience for a cohort of late adolescent/emerging adult women in a long-term program. Outcomes described were both personal and work related, as well as relationally and individually focused. In addition, a number of individual, relational, and programmatic challenges, along with associated emotional challenges, were reported. The influence of these challenges on outcom...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 11, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: McGill, J., Adler-Baeder, F., Sollie, D. L., Kerpelman, J. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Introduction to the Special Issue on Emerging Adulthood
(Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - August 11, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Suarez-Orozco, C. Tags: Introduction Source Type: research

Supportive Relationships Among Former System Youth With Mental Health Challenges
This study explored the supportive relationships that former system youth (FSY; e.g., foster care) with mental health challenges identified as "key" in making the transition to adulthood. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 59 FSY, ages 18 to 25, with mental health challenges. Participants were asked to reflect on their relationships with a key helper or what the literature defines as a natural mentor, "an adult that has been particularly helpful, or supportive," in this case with their mental health. Seventy-six percent (N = 45) of the participants identified a key helper. Relationship qualities that e...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - June 9, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Munson, M. R., Brown, S., Spencer, R., Edguer, M., Tracy, E. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Mental Health Literacy and Help-Giving Responses in Irish Adolescents
This study assessed mental health literacy in Irish adolescents (N = 187), and explored participants’ help-giving responses toward hypothetical depressed peers. Participants read five vignettes, each describing an adolescent experiencing a life difficulty; two of the characters met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., DSM-IV) criteria for depression. The majority of participants could not identify depression or potential suicidality, but felt concerned for the depressed characters’ well-being. Most participants stated they would provide help if they were the depressed characters&rsquo...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - June 9, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Byrne, S., Swords, L., Nixon, E. Tags: Articles Source Type: research

Transitioning to Adult Mental Health Services: Perceptions of Adolescents With Emotional and Behavioral Problems
This study is an investigation of the needs and experiences of late adolescents with emotional and/or behavioral problems who accessed mental health services at a local child and adolescent clinic. In general, participants did not appear ready for an institutional transition. Adolescents disclosed their fears, underscoring the importance of supportive relationships, and stated the negative expectations they had concerning adult-focused care. The implementation of clinical supports to increase adolescents’ mental health self-efficacy may promote successful service transitions. (Source: Journal of Adolescent Research)
Source: Journal of Adolescent Research - June 9, 2015 Category: Child Development Authors: Burnham Riosa, P., Preyde, M., Porto, M. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: research