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By Institute of Medicine, National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Youth, and Families Board on Children, Committee on Population, Panel on Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries, Cynthia B. Lloyd

The transition to maturity is a severe level in human improvement in which adolescents go away early life at the back of, and tackle new roles and obligations. spotting the necessity to research extra approximately this important interval of lifestyles, the nationwide examine Council and the Institute of drugs convened a panel of specialists to check how the transition to maturity is altering in constructing nations in mild of globalization and what the results of those adjustments could be for these liable for designing formative years regulations and programmes. in response to the panel's findings, vital adjustments in younger people's lives are below means. In a lot of the constructing global youth is a degree of existence that's gaining in importance. teens now have extra time than ever earlier than to procure the knowledge and abilities essential to develop into powerful individuals in judgements approximately their futures. however, the booklet highlights the continual hazards for younger ladies relative to younger males, and the designated wishes of the negative. adolescence residing in sub-Saharan Africa also are pointed out to be of distinctive predicament.

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Young people are adaptable and continue to demonstrate resilience in handling the contradictions of today’s world. However, the challenge is to ensure successful transitions to adulthood in these rapidly changing circumstances and to spread opportunities for success more equitably given the enormous gaps that persist between rich and poor and between boys and girls. Policies and programs, if they are to be effective, will need to be evidence-based, appropriate to the local context, and embraced and supported by the local community.

Html INTRODUCTION 29 determined by some third factor, such as changing labor market opportunities, and not simply that schooling affects the age of marriage or that age of marriage affects schooling. 1 One scientific method for dealing with such problems of empirical inference is to use well-designed and well-implemented double-blind experiments, with random assignment to treatment and control groups and control for such factors as spillovers. There are some empirical areas for which such experiments have been undertaken and provide some of the evidence regarding what is known about transitions to adulthood in developing countries.

The panel developed its own conceptual framework in order to guide our interpretation of the empirical evidence and assess claims of causal inference. This conceptual framework is presented in Chapter 2. While the panel’s ambitions were as broad as the conceptual framework, the actual scope of the report was constrained by the availability of comparative and time-series data as well as by the limitations of existing empirical analyses of transitions to adulthood in developing countries, which are largely based on cross-sectional data.

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