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Emerging Adulthood – The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett


The lives of people from age eighteen to twenty-nine change dramatically but recently this has change has become more profound and a new stage of life has developed. Known as “emerging adulthood”, this stage is 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 industrialized societies now postpone these transitions until at least their late twenties. This book identifies and labels this period of limbo, exploration, instability, possibility, and self-focus. An inc ... More

Keywords: emerging adulthood, adolescence, industrialized societies, self-focus, work, sexual relationships, non-traditional lifestyles, youth, demographics, American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195309379
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309379.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, author
University of Maryland