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

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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Jennifer Lynn Tanner
American Psychological Association, 2006 - Psychology - 341 pages
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Emerging Adults in America: Coming of Age in the 21st Century portrays the lives of young Americans between adolescence and young adulthood, a distinct developmental stage that editor Jeffrey Jensen Arnett describes as emerging adulthood. Over the past 40 years, the average age of marriage and parenthood has risen dramatically, and the years from the late teens through the mid-20s are no longer dedicated to settling into traditional adult roles. Instead, the focus has shifted to pursuing higher education, self-exploration, and shaping a future that best suits personal goals and desires. Along with coeditor Jennifer Lynn Tanner, Arnett has compiled a collection of chapters in this groundbreaking work that cover a range of topics from relationships with parents to views about love, sex, and marriage; from experiences in college to those in the work place; and from religious beliefs to beliefs about the concept of adulthood. This insightful book will be a valuable resource for developmental psychologists, therapists, and mental health practitioners who work with emerging adults and will appeal to young people and their families.

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Contents

Understanding the New Way
3
A Critical
21
Emerging Structures of Adult Thought
59
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Virginia. He taught at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, the University of Missouri, and the University of Maryland, where he is currently a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development. He has also served as a Research Associate at the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago while a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Northwestern University Department of Psychiatry, where he also served on the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. He is currently Editor of the Sage "Journal of Adolescent Research" and is Editor-in-Chief of a four-volume encyclopedia of adolescence currently being developed with Routledge. Within the area of developmental psychology and media, his primary interests include music and adolescence, and he's especially interested in a cultural and international perspective, which he would hope to infuse into the encyclopedia.

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