The Changing Transition to Adulthood: A TAG Talk

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Dr. Richard Stettersten, Jr.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, in collaboration with the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs and Oregon State University Professor of Human Developmental and Family Sciences Richard Stettersten, Jr., developed a video about the transition to adulthood today, how it has changed over time, what skills and capacities are helpful for youth, and the roles of families, education, and employment in the process.

The path from adolescence to adulthood has become a complicated journey filled with uncertainty, shifting social and cultural expectations, growing social inequalities, and difficult economic choices and constraints. Scientific evidence reveals that slower, strategic transitions to adulthood can be beneficial and that family and other types of support are crucial in determining how young people fare in the United States.

The video, The Changing Transition to Adulthood: A TAG Talk, can be viewed in one full-length format as well as broken out into seven segments (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) for viewing individually or as a group. Additional materials such as discussion guides, citations, and additional resources are being revised to make them compliant with 508 accessibility standards and will be posted when ready.

Watch the full-length video:

Watch Segment 1, A Radically Altered Transition to Adulthood:

Watch Segment 2, The Benefits of the Slower Path and Risks of a Fast Path:

Watch Segment 3, Four Problematic Views of Young People and Young Adulthood:

Watch Segment 4, Social Skills and Psychological Capabilities:

Watch Segment 5, Strengthening Pathways into Adulthood:

Watch Segment 6, A Few Other Lessons:

Watch Segment 7, Questions and Answers: