• What are the effects of problems and/or successes during early adolescence?
• How much plasticity remains?
• Where and how much is the opportunity for continued change constrained?
The data make possible an in-depth examination of development during late adolescence as individuals make the transition to adult responsibilities in a variety of domains.
A number of empirical research questions have been fueled by social change and by more than a decade of research on childhood and adolescence. As a result, this issue is devoted specifically to late adolescence as it sets the stage for and leads into the third decade of life. The editors aim -- in addition to striving for quality in science and in significance of research -- was to capture as many diverse themes, perspectives, fields, topics, and methods as possible that have been described for research on adolescence.