The Introduction presents an overview of the purpose and content of the book. It explains what emerging adulthood, as an important, relatively new phase in the American life course, is; and discusses the social and economic sources of the growth of emerging adulthood in the latter part of the twentieth century. It also discusses the research methods used in the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) to collect the data on which the book is based. Discussed too is how this book and its analysis and story relate to previous research and work published on young Catholics in the U.S. The Introduction closes by outlining the chapters that follow as the main parts of the book.
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