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Flourishing in Emerging Adulthood: Positive Development During the Third Decade of Life

Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Larry J. Nelson


The goal of this volume is to highlight the third decade of life as one in which individuals have diverse opportunities for positive development that may set the stage for future adult development, as well as to encourage more research on how young people are flourishing during this time period. Despite a preponderance of focus on the negative or dark side of emerging adulthood in research and the media, there is mounting evidence that this time period, at least for a significant majority, is a unique developmental period in which positive development is fostered. The volume consists of chapte ... More

Keywords: flourishing, positive development, emerging adulthood, transition to adulthood, resilience, third decade, identity, service

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190260637
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190260637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura M. Padilla-Walker, editor
Associate Professor, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University

Larry J. Nelson, editor
Professor, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University

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Section 1 Positive Development During Emerging Adulthood

1 Flourishing in Emerging Adulthood

Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Larry J. Nelson

Emerging Adult Essay

Nicolò Maria Iannello

3 The Role of Purpose Among Emerging Adults

Kendall Cotton Bronk and Rachel Baumsteiger

Emerging Adult Essay

Andreas Zimmermann

4 Healthy Transitions to Family Formation

Erin Kramer Holmes, Geoffrey Brown, Kevin Shafer, and Nate Stoddard

Emerging Adult Essay

Toni DePetro

Emerging Adult Essay

Norberto Alemán-Padilla

5 Healthy Transitions to Work

Georgia T. Chao and Philip D. Gardner

Emerging Adult Essay

Kyle Lavender

Emerging Adult Essay

Loren Groves

Emerging Adult Essay

Vanni Thach

Emerging Adult Essay

Scott Warren

7 Environmental Activism in Emerging Adulthood

M. Kyle Matsuba, Susan Alisat, and Michael W. Pratt

Emerging Adult Essay

Emmanuel Mutungi and Bruno Ruganzu

Emerging Adult Essay

D. Simon Jackson

8 Positive Relationships as an Indicator of Flourishing During Emerging Adulthood

Laura M. Padilla-Walker, Madison K. Memmott-Elison, and Larry J. Nelson

Emerging Adult Essay

Raymond Joseph Green

Emerging Adult Essay

Brynn Anderson

9 “I Think, Therefore I Do”

Larry J. Nelson, Nathan A. Jorgensen, and Adam A. Rogers

Emerging Adult Essay

Jessica Berry and Terence Berry

Section 2 Unique Opportunities for Service during Emerging Adulthood

11 Cultural Immersion as a Context for Promoting Global Citizenship and Personal Agency in Young Adults

Bryan W. Sokol, Katie Gauthier Donnelly, Justin M. Vilbig, and Katie Monsky

Emerging Adult Essay

Stephanie Roderick

Emerging Adult Essay

Ashley Dasianu

12 Military Service in Midlife

Meredith Kleykamp, Ryan Kelty, and David R. Segal

Emerging Adult Essay

Joanna Chism

13 Crucibles of Transformation

Pamela Ebstyne King and Christine M. Merola

Emerging Adult Essay

Melanie Lott

Emerging Adult Essay

Danielle Speakman

Section 3 Positive Development Around the World

Emerging Adult Essay

Pembema Blandine-Arestide

Emerging Adult Essay

Akom Delbert Afumbom

15 Volunteer Work Among Young Adults in Asia

Ben M. F. Law, Daniel T. L. Shek, and Rosemary L. Y. Liang

Emerging Adult Essay

Tsang Suet Yee Michelle

Emerging Adult Essay

David Vernon

17 Flourishing in European Emerging Adults

Oliver Robinson and Rita Žukauskienė

Emerging Adult Essay

Steliana Yanakieva

18 Positive Development in Latin American Emerging Adults

Alicia Facio, María Eugenia Prestofelippo, and María Cecilia Sireix

Emerging Adult Essay

Victoria Elizalde

Section 4 Positive Development in the Face of Challenge

Emerging Adult Essay

Amanda Keller

21 Offender Rehabilitation and Reentry During Emerging Adulthood

Michael Rocque, Agnieszka Serwik, and Judy Plummer-Beale

22 The Transition to Adulthood for Those With Disabilities

Ryan O. Kellems, Dawn A. Rowe, Caroline Williams, and Denya Palmer

Emerging Adult Essay

Jennifer Unrein and Wendi Unrein

Emerging Adult Essay

Matthew Shapiro

Emerging Adult Essay

by Nicholas Chiodras

24 Positive Development During Emerging Adulthood for Queer Populations

Christina R. Peter, Russell B. Toomey, Justin E. Heinze, and Stacey S. Horn

Emerging Adult Essay

Manny Cherry

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