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A Scoping Review of Transitions, Stress, and Adaptation Among Emerging Adults

Hanna, Kathleen M. PhD, RN; Kaiser, Katherine Laux PhD, RN; Brown, Sara G. EdD, RN; Campbell-Grossman, Christie PhD, RN; Fial, Alissa MA, MLIS; Ford, Amy DNP, ARPN-NP, WHNP-BCS; Hudson, Diane B. PhD, RN; Keating-Lefler, Rebecca PhD, RN; Keeler, Heidi PhD, RN; Moore, Tiffany A. PhD, RN; Nelson, Audrey E. PhD, RN; Pelish, Peggy PhD, ARNP-NP; Wilhelm, Susan PhD, RNC

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Advances in Nursing Science 41(3):p 203-215, July/September 2018. | DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000214


This scoping review examined research on transitions among emerging adults, 18- to 30-year-olds, to identify designs, populations, frameworks, transition types, and transition outcomes. A librarian conducted the search, yielding 2067 articles. Using predefined criteria, teams screened abstracts and reviewed articles, with 82% to 100% interrater agreement. Data from the final 160 articles were placed in evidence tables and summarized. Most frequently, the studies had exploratory-descriptive designs (69%), nondiagnosed samples (58%), no theoretical frameworks (58%), developmental transitions (34%), and health-related behavior outcomes (34%). This transition research is in an early stage of knowledge development and would benefit from further theory development.

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