Examining secondary school choice processes as a predictor of adjustment after the school transition

E. L. de Moor*, S. Branje

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The secondary school transition is an important moment in adolescents' lives. Taking a prospective approach, the present study examined whether educational identity regarding a secondary school choice and own and parental expectations during the last year of primary school predicted post-transition school and psychological adjustment in Dutch adolescents (N = 314, Mage = 11.58). Additionally, the study qualitatively examined the reasons adolescents gave for their school choice, and linked these reasons to exploration behavior and post-transition adjustment. Identity processes and expectations predicted adjustment. Adolescents mostly reported multiple reasons for their school choice, with educational, practical, and social aspects of secondary schools appearing most important. The number of reasons mentioned was associated with pre-transition exploration behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-268
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent and parental expectations
  • Identity
  • School choice
  • Secondary school transition


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