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If maturity is a factor separating Drifters from Succeeders, we can expect that some of the Drifters will eventually stabilize, get jobs, and become responsible employees and parents.
The Succeeder respondents also are characterized by determination, positive outlook and approach to life, and a strong future orientation.
Although the families of the Succeeder respondents are no more stable or resourceful than those of other respondents, all of the Succeeder respondents have been able to access support from surrogate families, other adults, or significant others.
They are more likely than Succeeder respondents to use drugs consistently, and to use drugs besides marijuana; their employment histories are less stable; and three of the four mothers in the group have recently voluntarily turned their children over to relatives.
Members of this group have fewer goals, or at least they are less clear or realistic than those of the Succeeder group.