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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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Beyond Emerging Adulthood

What Does It Mean to Become an Adult?

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Emerging Adulthood

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the transition from emerging adulthood to the next stage of life. First there is a look at how adulthood has been defined in traditional cultures and in the past in American history. Then research is presented showing how emerging adults today define adulthood and assess their own progress toward adult status. Next, emerging adults reflect on their mixed feelings about leaving adolescence; from the perspective of emerging adulthood, it seems like an easier time. Then they describe their mixed feelings about becoming adults; from the perspective of emerging adulthood, reaching adulthood promises stability but inspires fears of stagnation. Finally, the chapter examines their views of the future, and how they foresee a happy and successful life for themselves even as they believe the world in general is fraught with peril.

Keywords:   conceptions of adulthood, transition adult status, reaching adulthood, emerging adulthood

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