Emerging adulthood : the winding road from the late teens through the twenties
- Jeffrey Jensen Arnett.
- New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
- Physical description
- viii, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-257) and indexes.
- Preface-- 1. A longer road to adulthood-- 2. What is it like to be an emerging adult: Four portraits-- 3. From conflict to companionship: A new relationship with parents-- 4. Love and sex-- 5. Meandering toward marriage-- 6. The road through college: Twists and turns-- 7. Work: More than a job-- 8. Sources of meaning: Religious beliefs and values-- 9. The age of possibilities: Four case studies-- 10. From emerging adulthood to young adulthood: What does it mean to become an adult?
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- Publisher's Summary
- In Emerging Adulthood, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett presents an engaging and compelling portrait of the lives of people he calls 'emerging adults'. He argues that in recent decades a new stage of life has developed, usually lasting from about age 18 through the mid-twenties, and distinct from both the adolescence that precedes it and the young adulthood that comes in its wake. This new stage is one of identity exploration, instability, possibility, self-focus, and of a substantial sense of limbo. In contrast to previous portrayals, Arnett's research shows that emerging adults are particularly skilled at maintaining contradictory emotions - they are confident while still being wary, and able to remain optimistic in the face of large degrees of uncertainty. Emerging adults have distinct views on both their careers and their relationships. An increasing number of them emphasize having meaningful and satisfying work to a degree not commonly seen in prior generations. They often have unique relationships with their parents, who have usually made much more traditional choices. 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. As the demographics of American youth, the American workplace, and adulthood continue to evolve, Arnett's book is indispensable reading for anyone wanting to understand the face of modern America.
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- In recent decades, the lives of people in their late teens and twenties have changed so dramatically that a new stage of life has developed. In this provocative work, Arnett identifies emerging adulthood as 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 industrialised societies now postpone these transitions until at least their late twenties, spending these years in self-focused exploration as they try out different possibilities in their careers and relationships. Emerging adults face the challenge of defending their new and longer road to adulthood to parents and others who entered adulthood at an earlier age in a different time. In spite of these challenges, Arnett's research shows that emerging adults are particularly skilled at maintaining contradictory emotions - they are confident while being wary, and optimistic in the face of large degrees of uncertainty.Merging stories from the lives of emerging adults themselves with findings from years of research, Arnett covers a wide range of topics, including love and sex, relationships with parents, experiences at college and work, and views of what it means to be an adult.
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- Young adults.
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- 0195173147 (alk. paper)
- 9780195173147 (alk. paper)
- 9780195309379 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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