Young adults aged 18 to 25 are at a critical juncture in their lives—both psychologically and cognitively—as they face the transition into adulthood. It is a time of significant challenge and opportunity. But today’s emerging adults are experiencing increasing mental health concerns and higher rates of substance use relative to other age groups. They have unique developmental needs that must be considered when creating approaches to support their healthy transition into adulthood.
Dr. Abby Goldstein, Canada Research Chair in the Psychology of Emerging Adulthood, is providing insight into the lives and well-being of Canada’s emerging adults. Using a novel, multi-method approach, she and her research team are addressing critical issues and enhancing the policies and practices that directly affect the lives of emerging adults, their parents and those who work closely with them. Ultimately, they aim to promote wellness and well-being for Canadian youth during this critical time of their lives.