Role configurations in young adulthood, antecedents, and later wellbeing among Finns born in 1966


  • Katariina Salmela-Aro Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
  • Anja Taanila University of Oulu
  • Ellen Ek University of Oulu
  • Meichu Chen University of Michigan, Ann Arbor



adult roles, childhood, early adulthood, psychosocial well-being


The aim of this study was to identify latent classes of role configurations among Finnish cohort members born in 1966, based on education, employment, housing, marital status, and parenthood, and to investigate their antecedents and individual psychosocial wellbeing outcomes. Data from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 (NFBC66) (N= 11, 825) were used to identify the latent classes at the age of 25–26, together with register data on education, employment, partnership, and parenthood from official registers, and data from a postal questionnaire on living arrangements, administered at age 31, and used as proxies for the 25 to 26 year old situation. Four classes were identified by latent class analysis. Multinomial logistic regression was used to investigate the classes’ association with their antecedent conditions and logistic/ordered logistic regression with their wellbeing outcomes.






Special Section: transition to adulthood in the UK, the US and Finland. Guest Editors: John Schulenberg, Ingrid Schoon