Cultural psychologist Jeffrey Arnett coined the term emerging adulthood to denote a distinct developmental stage following adolescence. With a research focus on Americans ages 18-29, Arnett distills over 20 years of his own and others’ findings to present a picture of emerging adult life. To varying degrees, they have 5 markers in common: Identity exploration, Instability (in work, love, and geographic locale), Self-focus, Feeling in-between (adolescence and adulthood), and Possibilities/Optimism (that anything is possible in their lives.) This second edition is updated with chapters on social class issues, common problems, and media use. Other chapters address, for example, parent-emerging adult relationships; love, sex and marriage; meaningful work, and the impact of a college education. Written for a lay audience, Arnett hopes to reach parents, emerging adults, and anyone interested in this unique cohort. Ministry leaders can incorporate its insights into ministry planning with people in this life stage.
Curated by Marie F. Fleming