Successful Young Adult Development: Executive Summary

Benson, P. L.,
Scales, P. C.,
Hawkins, J. D.,
Oesterle, S.,
Hill, K. G.
Executive Summary
Year Published: 2004
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Promoting the healthy development of children and adolescents requires a clear vision of successful adult development, say these authors. Toward this end, they reviewed about 50 theoretical and empirical sources discussing successful development in young adulthood. This literature provided the foundation for creating a consensus statement on the dimensions and indicators of successful young-adult development. The work was guided by two objectives: to provide the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a set of dimensions and corresponding indicators that have utility for benchmarking and monitoring change over time in samples of young adults, and to provide a conceptual frame for establishing earlier developmental indicators of progress toward these proposed "outcomes" in young adulthood. In this report, the authors present a profile that includes (a) eight key dimensions of success in emerging adulthood and the salient indicators of those dimensions, and (b) examples of available measures of the eight dimensions of successful adult functioning and their associated indicators.

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