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Debating Emerging Adulthood: Stage or Process?

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Marion Kloep, Leo B. Hendry, and Jennifer L. Tanner


In this book two pairs of developmental psychologists take sides in a spirited debate over the theory of “emerging adulthood,” Jeffrey Arnett’s proposal that a new life stage has developed in between adolescence and young adulthood, lasting roughly from ages 18 to 25. Arnett and Jennifer Tanner argue that as young people around the world share demographic similarities such as longer education and later marriage, the 18-25 age period is best understood as entailing the rise of a new life stage of emerging adulthood. However, because the experiences of emerging adults worldwide vary according to ... More

Keywords: emerging adulthood, young adulthood, youth, stage theories, life course

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199757176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, author
Clark University

Marion Kloep, author
University of Glamorgan, UK

Leo B. Hendry, author
University of Glamorgan, UK

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Front Matter

1 The Curtain Rises: A Brief Overview of the Book

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Leo B. Hendry, Marion Kloep, and Jennifer L. Tanner

Section I Arguments for a Stage

3 Themes and Variations in Emerging Adulthood across Social Classes

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett and Jennifer L. Tanner

Section II Arguments for a Process

Section III Rejoinders

8 Bringing Down the Curtain

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Marion Kloep, Leo B. Hendry, and Jennifer L. Tanner

End Matter