Emerging Adulthood

Emerging Adulthood : The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties

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In recent decades, the lives of people in their late teens and twenties have changed so dramatically that a new stage of life has developed. In this provocative work, Arnett identifies emerging adulthood as distinct from both the adolescence that precedes it and the young adulthood that comes in its wake. Rather than marrying and becoming parents in their early twenties, most people in industrialised societies now postpone these transitions until at least their late twenties, spending these years in self-focused exploration as they try out different possibilities in their careers and relationships. Emerging adults face the challenge of defending their new and longer road to adulthood to parents and others who entered adulthood at an earlier age in a different time. In spite of these challenges, Arnett's research shows that emerging adults are particularly skilled at maintaining contradictory emotions - they are confident while being wary, and optimistic in the face of large degrees of uncertainty.
Merging stories from the lives of emerging adults themselves with findings from years of research, Arnett covers a wide range of topics, including love and sex, relationships with parents, experiences at college and work, and views of what it means to be an adult.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 16mm | 419.99g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 12 line illustrations
  • 0195309375
  • 9780195309379
  • 434,521

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"Engaging...informative and insightful...charts a new terrain that is only likely to grow in the 21st century. His sense of optimism and advocacy for young adults are infectious. This work is likely to help build a field of scholarship that is urgently needed to renovate policies, programs and general understanding of the lengthy and arduous process of becoming an adult in American society."-The Washington Post "This is a book worth reading..."-NACADA Journal
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Table of contents

PREFACE ; 1. A longer road to adulthood ; 2. What is it like to be an emerging adult: Four portraits ; 3. From conflict to companionship: A new relationship with parents ; 4. Love and sex ; 5. Meandering toward marriage ; 6. The road through college: Twists and turns ; 7. Work: More than a job ; 8. Sources of meaning: Religious beliefs and values ; 9. The age of possibilities: Four case studies ; 10. From emerging adulthood to young adulthood: What does it meant to become an adult? ; REFERENCES ; INDEX
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