Mental health and wellbeing of Australian adolescents: Pathways to vulnerability and resilience

Diana Smart*, Alan Hayes, Ann Sanson, John W. Toumbourou

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The Australian Temperament Project (ATP) provides a unique lens through which to view the pathways to, vulnerability and resilience that Australian children take from infancy to adolescence, and beyond. Commencing in 1983, the ATP is now completing its 24th year and 14th wave of data collection. The present paper provides an overview of the data on adolescent antisocial behaviour, substance use, internalising problems and aspects of positive development and wellbeing. Several pathways to vulnerability or resilience are described that vary in their age of onset. Constellations of common risk factors suggest that there may be overlapping priming factors for later mental health problems. A different mix of factors relates to pathways to wellbeing. This unique Australian study provides invaluable insights into stability and change in the pathways to mental health that children take across life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-268
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Mental health
  • Resilience
  • Vulnerability
  • Wellbeing


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