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

Kathleen M Hanna, Katherine Kaiser, Sara E Brown, Christie Kay Campbell-Grossman, Alissa Fial, Amy Ford, Diane Brage Hudson, Rebecca L Keating-Lefler, Heidi J Keeler, Tiffany A Moore, Audrey Elaine Nelson, Peggy L Pelish, Susan L Wilhelm

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-215
Number of pages13
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018


  • adaptation
  • emerging adults
  • scoping review
  • stress
  • transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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