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Quandaries for Promoting Health, Safety and Wellbeing of Young Adults

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Patrick Tolan delivered this presentation to the National Academies of Science Workshop, May 7-8, 2013 …

Patrick Tolan delivered this presentation to the National Academies of Science Workshop, May 7-8, 2013

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  • 1. Quandaries for Promoting Health, Safety and Wellbeing of Young Adults Patrick Tolan Ph.D. Youth-Nex Center, University of Virginia National Academies of Science Workshop May 7-8,2013
  • 2. Notable Characteristics • Continuing but not Simply Linear Brain Development • Consolidate/Choose Life Course TrajectoryShifting Orderliness • Heightened Risk-Serious/Dangerous Substance Use • Morbidity-Accidents & Suicides, Chronic Disease • Before and After 25 –Important Inflection Point • Who and Where Is Good Information-Matrix
  • 3. Prizing Independence and Certainty Please Complete One or More of the Following: – – – – – Education Employment/Vocational Choice Financial Independence Marriage (or something like it) Have Children (or promise of it) • With few mistakes • Not too soon • For the rest of your life
  • 4. The Developmental Theory/Quandary All development is the same (there are universals) Meaningful subgroup differences occur Each person’s development is unique
  • 5. Need Basic DevelopmentalContextual Understanding • Diversity of Opportunity/Support Structure • Normative vs. Health • Self-Regulation, Responsibility, Connection, Identity • Living in Changing World
  • 6. Missing • • • • • Sound Critically Formulated Framework Positive/Capability Approach Changing Nature of Work The Good Life instead of the Right Life Transition Rather Than Achievement of Independence • Social Class Difference- Sharpening
  • 7. Swamp of Beliefs/Conjecture:
  • 8. Immediate Opportunities • ACA • Reanalyze Longitudinal Studies/Archive Data Sets • Health Behavior as Critical ResponsibilityProtocols for Young Adults • Models (International/Domestic) • Media Use for Self-Management, Connection, Health, etc.---Divide
  • 9. Multiple Studies • • • • • • Multiple Cohort Historical Tracing Cross-National Comparisons Longitudinal Trajectory/Pathway Studies Collapsed Cohort Age-Graded Comparisons Intervention Studies Cost/Service System Analyses
  • 10. Research is Our Best Hope for Good Policy
  • 11. The facts are coming! The facts are coming!

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