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Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood

Christian Smith, Kari Christoffersen, Hilary Davidson, and Patricia Snell Herzog


Life for emerging adults is vastly different today than it was for their counterparts even a generation ago. Young people are waiting longer to marry, to have children, and to choose a career direction. As a result, they enjoy more freedom, opportunities, and personal growth than ever before. But the transition to adulthood is also more complex, disjointed, and confusing. This book draws on 230 in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of emerging adults (ages between eighteen and twenty-three) to investigate the difficulties young people face today, the underlying causes of those difficu ... More

Keywords: emerging adults, personal growth, American society, consumer capitalism, hyper-individualism, postmodernist moral relativism, moral reasoning, intoxication, materialistic life goals, sexual experiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199828029
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199828029.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Smith, author
Notre Dame

Kari Christoffersen, author
University of Notre Dame

Hilary Davidson, author
University of Notre Dame

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