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The transition to adulthood as a critical juncture in the course of psychopathology and mental health

This editorial discusses the transition to adulthood as a critical juncture in the course of psychopathology and mental health. The transition from adolescence to adulthood is one of the most critical of normative life transitions because it involves pervasive and often simultaneous contextual and social role changes. This introduction provides a brief overview of the transition to adulthood, of continuity and discontinuity across developmental transitions. The trajectories of functioning and adjustment established throughout childhood and adolescence are likely to be carried into early adulthood and work together with (or against) the pervasive changes in roles and settings that may accompany this transition, yielding continuity in overall functioning and adjustment into adulthood. Similarly, the stressors of the transition can contribute to the manifestation or consolidation of psychopathology that was subthreshold during adolescence. The aim of this editorial is to direct more attention to specific major life transition, and, to highlight the importance of major developmental transitions across the life span of psychopathology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)