Health, happiness and wellbeing in the transition from adolescence to adulthood

Adolescent transitions to adulthood have been identified as an important phase of life for short-term and long-term health, happiness and wellbeing. Evidence indicates that health promoting behaviours in adolescence may have a long-term impact into adulthood. Therefore, prevention approaches during adolescence, might lead to lasting improvements in adult health, happiness and wellbeing. There is evidence of social inequalities in the health, happiness, and wellbeing of Scottish youth. Social inequalities are evident in relation to a range of areas of adolescent health including substance use, violence and abuse, and mental health. There is a need to identify interventions that enhance health, happiness and wellbeing, and which aim to reduce inequalities in health among adolescents.

The overview set out to answer the question: What works in population interventions designed to improve health, happiness and wellbeing or reduce inequalities for young people undergoing the transition to adulthood? 

This systematic overview is intended to make a contribution towards decision making about priorities for investment in, and the design of, future innovative and evidence informed universal interventions.