Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with a chronic medical condition (CMC) attending college must learn to manage their own healthcare (i.e., transition readiness). Maturity has been linked to positive outcomes in AYAs. Research has established a positive relationship between transition readiness and quality of life. The current study aimed to examine a model of perceived maturityàtransition readinessàmental and physical quality of life.
AYA (N = 153) with a CMC completed self-report questionnaires.
The perceived maturity→transition readiness→mental quality of life indirect path was significant (ab = 1.96, 95% CI = 0.53 to 3.62). The perceived maturity→transition readiness→physical quality of life direct and indirect paths were not significant.
Results showed that maturity and transition readiness are positively associated. Transition readiness may be one mechanism by which maturity results in enhanced quality of life.
Findings highlight the value of enhancing strengths such as maturity to promote AYA independence/autonomy.
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Taylor M. Dattilo, Research Assistant, Center for Pediatric Psychology, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Rachel S. Fisher, Research Assistant, Center for Pediatric Psychology, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Caroline M. Roberts, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Pediatric Psychology, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Christina M. Sharkey, Assistant Professor, Division of Neurology, Children's National Hospital, Washington, DC.
Ashley Clawson, Assistant Professor, Center for Pediatric Psychology, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
John M. Chaney, Regents Professor, Center for Pediatric Psychology, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Larry L. Mullins, Regents Professor, Center for Pediatric Psychology, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Published online: September 02, 2022
This work was partly supported by the Vaughn Vennerberg Endowment at Oklahoma State University.
Conflicts of interest: None to report.
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