Crafter, Sarah and Maunder, Rachel (2020). Transitions. In: Cook, Daniel Thomas ed. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies. SAGE.


Transitions is a concept used to described some kind of physical or psychological change. In the context of childhood studies, the focus on transitional change is often related to age-related or developmental changes, such as physical maturation. Transitions can also be related to the kinds of major milestones that some children experience, such as the move from one school to another or the move out of school and into work. However, transitions can also be seen as a set of complex processes where ongoing changes influence how we see ourselves and our self-identity. Additionally, the experience of transition can be very different depending on the social and cultural context in which we live.

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