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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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From Conflict to Companionship

From Conflict to Companionship

A New Relationship with Parents

(p.49) Chapter 3 From Conflict to Companionship
Emerging Adulthood

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the many facets of emerging adults’ relationships with their parents. First, the overall outline of relations with parents in emerging adulthood is described, showing a remarkably positive picture. Then the changes that take place when emerging adults move out of their parents’ household are examined, as well as the experiences of emerging adults who move back in again and those who remain at home. Next comes a look at the shift that often takes place in emerging adulthood from a parent-child relationship to a new relationship as friends and companions. Finally, there is a complex rendering of the enduring repercussions of parents’ divorce and remarriage—how emerging adults recall these events and how they believe they have been shaped by them, in both positive and negative ways.

Keywords:   divorce, remarriage, relations with parents, parenting, emerging adulthood, moving out, parent-child relationship

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