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EMERGING ADULTHOOD: BOOKS AND ARTICLES

Dr. Arnett’s main area of scholarship is emerging adulthood, the age period from the late teens to the mid-twenties. Dr. Arnett coined the term and presented a theory of emerging adulthood in a widely-cited article in American Psychologist in 2000. According to Dr. Arnett, in the past half century what most people experience during the years from age 18 to 29 has changed dramatically in industrialized societies. Instead of entering marriage and parenthood in their very early twenties, most people now postpone these transitions until at least their late twenties, and spend their late teens through their mid-twenties in self-focused exploration as they try out different possibilities in love and work. Essentially, a new developmental stage has been created between adolescence and young adulthood. Scholarly attention to this period has boomed in recent years, and it is now widely referred to among scholars as emerging adulthood.

Books on Emerging Adulthood by Dr. Arnett

Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties (2nd Edition)

(2014, Oxford University Press)

On the 10th Anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking work, the second edition of Emerging Adulthood fully updates and expands Arnett's findings and includes brand new chapters on media use, social class issues, and the distinctive problems of this life stage. em>RRead more about this title. Download the Preface to the Second Edition and Chapter 1.

 

When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult

with Elizabeth shel
(2013, Workman Publishing)

I do a lot of public speaking, and I have often had parents approach me after my talk and thank me... Read more about this title. Download the Introduction and Chapter 1.

 

Emerging Adults in America: Coming of Age in the 21st Century

edited by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett and Jennifer Lynn Tanner
(2005, American Psychological Association Press)Cover of Emerging Adults in America: Coming of Age in the 21st Century

This book resulted from the 1st Conference on Emerging Adulthood held at Harvard University in November, 2003. Twelve scholars contributed... Read more about this title.

The psychology of emerging adulthood: What is known, and what remains to be known?  Download this chapter (pdf).

Emerging adulthood: Understanding the new way of coming of age.  Download this chapter (pdf).

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

(2004, Oxford University Press)

Young people today wait longer than ever before to marry and become parents. What is going on in their lives from their late teens through their twenties, between the time they leave their... Read more about this title.  Download this chapter (pdf).

 

Articles and Book Chapters on Emerging Adulthood by Dr. Arnett

Emerging Adulthood, 2014

The new life stage of emerging adulthood: An international perspective. With R. Žukauskienė and K. Sugimura. Download this article here (pdf).

The emergence of emerging adulthood: A personal history. Emerging Adulthood. Download this article here (pdf).

Conceptions of adulthood among migrant women workers in China. (With J. Zhong). Download this article here (pdf).

Emerging Adulthood, 2013

Confessions of a heretic: My unlikely career as a so-called psychologist. (Brooks-Gunn, J., Lerner, R.M., Petersen, A.C., & Silbereisen, R.K., Editors). Download this chapter here (pdf).

The Evidence for Generation We and Against Generation Me. Download this article here (pdf).

The Dangers of Generational Myth-making : Rejoinder to Twenge. With K. Trzesniewski, &  B. Donnellan.  Download this article here (pdf).

 New Horizons in Emerging and Young Adulthood, 2012

Early Adulthood in a Family Context: New York: Springer. (A. Booth & N. Crouter, Editors). Download this chapter (pdf).

Emerging Adulthood(s): The Cultural Psychology of a New
Life Stage, 2011

Bridging cultural and developmental psychology: New syntheses in theory, research, and policy. (L. A. Jensen, Editor). Download this chapter (pdf).

Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2010

Oh, grow up! Generational grumbling and the new life stage of emerging adulthood. Download this article (pdf).

Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood (A. Furlong, Editor), 2009

with Jennifer Tanner

The emergence of  "emerging adulthood': The new life stage between adolescence and young adulthood. Download this article (pdf).

Handbook of Research on Adult Development and Learning, 2008

with Jennifer Tanner

Emerging adulthood: Learning and developing during the first stage of adulthood. (M. C. Smith & T. G. Reio, Editors).

American Journal of Psychology, 2008

Storm and stress redux. Download this article (pdf).

Human Development, 2008

with Gene Brody

A fraught passage: The identity challenges of African American emerging adults. Download this article (pdf).

Chapter in Positive Youth Development and Spirituality, 2008

From "worm food" to "infinite bliss": Emerging adults' afterlife beliefs. (R. W. Roeser, R. M. Lerner, & E. Phelps, Editors). Download this article (pdf).

Child Development Perspectives, 2007

Emerging Adulthood: What is it, and what is it good for? Download this article (pdf).

Child Development Perspectives, 2007

Emerging adulthood, a 21st century theory: A response to Hendry and Kloep. Download this article (pdf).

Handbook of Socialization, 2007

Socialization in emerging adulthood: From the family to the wider world, from socialization to self-socialization. (J. Grusec & P. Hastings, Editors). Download this article (pdf).

Current History, 2007

The long and leisurely route: Coming of age in Europe today.  Download this article (pdf).

Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2007

Suffering, selfish, slackers? Myth and reality on emerging adults.  Download this article (pdf).

Journal of Youth Studies, 2006

The case for emerging adulthood in Europe: A response to Brunner. Download this article (pdf).

Health Education & Behavior, 2006
The myth of peer influence in adolescent smoking initiation. Download this article (pdf).

Journal of Drug Issues, 2005

The developmental context of substance abuse in emerging adulthood.  Download this chapter (pdf).

New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 2003

Culture and conceptions of the transition to adulthood.  Download this article (pdf).

Journal of Adolescent Research, 2002

with Lene Jensen

A congregation of one: Individualized religious beliefs among emerging adults. Download this article (pdf).

Journal of Adult Development, 2001

Conceptions of the transition to adulthood: Perspectives from adolescence to midlife.  Download this article (pdf).

Journal of Adult Development, 2001

with Katie Ramos and Lene Jensen

Ideological views in emerging adulthood: Balancing the ethics of autonomy and community.  Download this article (pdf).

American Psychologist, 2000

Emerging adulthood: A theory of development from the late teens through the twenties.  Download this article (pdf).

Youth & Society, 2000

High hopes in a grim world: Emerging adults’ views of their futures and of “Generation X.” Download this article (pdf).

Human Development, 1998

Learning to stand alone: The contemporary American transition to adulthood in cultural and historical context.  Download this article (pdf).

Youth & Society, 1997

Young people's conceptions of the transition to adulthood. Download this article (pdf).

For articles on emerging adulthood by other scholars, visit www.ssea.org