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Emerging AdulthoodThe Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties$
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199929382

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929382.001.0001

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Wrong Turns and Dead Ends

Wrong Turns and Dead Ends

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(p.266) Chapter 11 Wrong Turns and Dead Ends
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Emerging Adulthood
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929382.003.0011

Some kinds of problems appear to be more prevalent in emerging adulthood than in any subsequent adult life stage. This chapter first examines rates and sources of externalizing problems (including automobile accidents, crime, and substance abuse) and internalizing problems (including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders). Then the theory of emerging adulthood is applied to understanding why some of these problems are especially prevalent in this life stage, using the five features of emerging adulthood as a framework. Finally, trends in the past two decades are examined in rates of some externalizing problems, and possible reasons for those trends. Most trends are positive, especially in automobile accidents and crime, but certain kinds of substance use have increased.

Keywords:   externalizing problems, internalizing problems, automobile accidents, crime, substance use, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, emerging adulthood

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