By Research Professor Jeffrey Jensen Arnett PH.D., Jennifer Lynn Tanner

Clark Univ., Worcester, MA. textual content specializes in the lives of younger americans among formative years and younger maturity, a developmental degree defined as 'emerging adulthood.' subject matters contain relationships with kinfolk; perspectives approximately love, intercourse, and marriage; and extra. according to a convention held November 2003 at Harvard college. For psychologists.

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That is, it is important to take a developmental perspective and ask: How does emerging adulthood fit into life span human development? How do these years link adolescence and adulthood? Although scholars have long been interested in the distinction between adolescence and adulthood, there remains a lack of research on development across these years. , infant, child, adolescent) and adult development. Textbooks, courses, departments, training, assessment, and licensure in the field of psychology subscribe to this division.

An important issue arises from this heterogeneity. Given the diversity that exists during the years from ages 18 to 25, is it possible to call it a distinct developmental period with certain common features, as I have done by calling it emerging adulthood? I think it is both possible and desirable to do so, as long as it is recognized that along with the characteristics that are common to many of them, there is also great diversity among them in nearly every aspect of development. To some degree, diversity exists within every developmental period.

His work highlights the force of culture, suggesting that industrialized cultures, predicated on broad socialization practices (Arnett, 1995; Arnett & Taber, 1994), and demographic shifts have created environments in which the life course has expanded to include a new stage of development, one that is unique and distinct from adolescence and young adulthood (Arnett, 1997,1998, 2000, 2004). In essence, he argued that industrialized countries have institutionalized a preparatory stage that precedes young adulthood and that emerging adults experience as feeling in-between—feeling neither adolescent nor adult.

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