Emerging Adulthood: The winding Road from the Late  Teens Through the Twenties  -     By: Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
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Emerging Adulthood: The winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties

Oxford University Press / 2006 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 280
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9.29 X 6.14 X 0.6 (inches)
ISBN: 0195309375
ISBN-13: 9780195309379
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Recently the lives of people from age 18 to 29 have changed so dramatically that a new stage of life has developed, emerging adulthood, that is 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 industrialized societies now postpone these transitions until at least their late twenties, and instead spend the time in self-focused exploration as they try out different possibilities in their careers and relationships.

In Emerging Adulthood, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett identifies and labels, for the first time, this period exploration, instability, possibility, self-focus, and a sustained sense of being in limbo. An increasing number of emerging adults emphasize having meaningful and satisfying work to a degree not seen in prior generations. Marrying later and exploring more casual sexual relationships have created different hopes and fears concerning long-term commitments and the differences between love and sex. Emerging adults also face the challenge of defending their non-traditional lifestyles to parents and others outside their generation who have made much more traditional choices. In contrast to previous portrayals of emerging adults, Arnett's research shows that they are particularly skilled at maintaining contradictory emotions--they are confident while still being wary, and optimistic in the face of large degrees of uncertainty.

As the demographics of American youth, the American workplace, and adulthood continue to evolve, Emerging Adulthood is indispensable reading for anyone wanting to understand the face of modern America.

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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


"This book was not written specifically for college parents, but is of value and interest to parents, students, and college faculty and administrators alike. [T]his work, and Arnett's theory, are essential reading and understanding for any parent of 'emerging adults.' Arnett's theory is also becoming more widely accepted by college personnel, so understanding this theory may also help parents understand the motivations behind many college policies and practices. We highly recommend this book to parents of college students. Its straightforward, comfortable, yet highly documented style makes it approachable and readable. It is essential reading and understanding for anyone who knows, loves, or works with emerging adults in the 18-25 year age span. --College Parent Central


"Jeffrey Arnett's fascinating book gives us the clearest picture yet of the way young people today are making their own ways in the world. The compelling accounts that Arnett has drawn from his extensive interviews with young people give us reasons to be optimistic, yet warily vigilant, about the future prospects of this coming generation." --William Damon, Professor of Education, Stanford University


"This engaging account of emerging adulthood in American society provides an optimistic perspective on a rapidly spreading global phenomenon that is transforming societies as well as individual lives and families in our time." --Ann S. Masten, Director, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota


"The book claims the phenomenon has only arisen in the past few decades in the United States in response to social and economic changes, and it urges continuing scholarship examining the nature of life and paths of development for emerging adults. [Arnett] hopes the book and other efforts, such as the future development of a society for studying emerging adulthood, will build a community of scholars devoted to studying the period of development." --APA Monitor on Psychology


"This is a readable and informative presentation of Arnett's research into young adults and his advocacy of the term emerging adult as a replacement to the typical moniker of young adult. [I]f you are an emerging adult, odds are very good that you'll see yourself in many of the descriptions here. Arnett simply describes, he does not judge." --Paul Nelson, LCMS Young Adult Ministry


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