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Transitions to adulthood in developed countries


Analysis of transitions to adulthood as the acquisition of various adult roles, including the transition from school to work, transitions to financial independence, residential independence, partnership (through cohabitation or marriage) and parenthood. In particular: (1) to explain patterns in transitions to adulthood across time and space using a multilevel, multidisciplinary approach; (2) to understand the consequences of these patterns for individuals, families, and societies; (3) to discuss and assess methods that are useful for the explanation of transitions to adulthood and for understanding their consequences.


Dondena activities

Francesco Billari is Chair of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Scientific Panel on Transitions to Adulthood in Developed Countries for the Period 2006-2009.

An international conference mainly funded by IUSSP is expected to take place at Dondena during the Fall of 2007.


Dondena researchers

Francesco Billari

Raffaella Piccarreta

Gaia Salford



Ann Evans, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Beth Fussell, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

Aat C. Liefbroer Aat C. Liefbroer, NIDI (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute), The Hague and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Laurent Toulemon, INED (Institut National d'Études Démographiques), Paris, France



International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)