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Family relations, psychosocial risk, prosocial behaviour, planning for the future: parents and children face to face

In this chapter we discuss the findings from our research of the last 15 years that take into account family relations as variables influencing or determining outcomes in the lives of late adolescents and young adults. We are referring to outcomes such as the development of a condition of psychosocial risk, that could inhibit the transition to adulthood. This is a precursor to deviance and is therefore of extreme interest from a preventive point of view. There are also outcomes that facilitate the construction of adult identity, such as involvement in volunteer work, a concrete prosocial behaviour that promotes well-being and integration into one’s community. Finally, another outcome that facilitates the transition to adulthood is planning for the future, a necessary developmental task during this phase of life.