In recent decades, the lives of people in their late teens and twenties have changed so dramatically that a new stage of life has developed. In an original paper published in 2000, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett identified this period, coining it "emerging adulthood," and he distinguished it from both the adolescence that precedes it and the young adulthood that comes in its wake. His new paradigm received a surge of scholarly attention after his first book on the topic launched the field, and both a flourishing society and journal developed to further expand this area of research. Studies and publications on emerging adulthood now abound, and the leading research has yet to be organized into a single handbook that covers the field.The Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood is the first and only comprehensive compilation spanning the field of emerging adulthood. Expertly edited by Arnett, this Handbook is comprised of cutting-edge chapters written by leading scholars in developmental psychology. Topics include theoretical perspectives and structural influences in the field; cognitive development during emerging adulthood; family, friendship, and romantic relationships; sexual identity and orientation; education and work; leisure and media use; mental health; religious and political beliefs; positive development; and substance abuse and crime, to name a few. Sure to be the definitive resource for researchers, scholars, and students studying emerging adulthood, this Handbook will pave the way for new scholarship in this expanding area of inquiry and serve as an excellent resource for the wider field of developmental psychology.
Oxford University Press; September 2015
- ISBN 9780199795611
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- Title: The Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood
- Author: Jeffrey Jensen Arnett (ed.)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
In The Press
"Arnett has produced a brilliant compilation of everything you want to know about the latest theory and research on emerging adults. He has skillfully assembled a first-rate group of scholars who provide clear and cogent accounts of what is known and set the stage for new directions of inquiry. This is a landmark resource for anyone interested in understanding how the period of emerging adulthood fits into the overall life course." --Margie E. Lachman, Minnie and Harold Fierman Professor of Psychology, Brandeis University, Director of the Lifespan Development Lab, and Editor of the Handbook of Midlife Development
"Ever since Professor Jeffrey Arnett introduced the concept of emerging adulthood in 2000, the scholarly study of this developmental stage has taken off in a way that few topics ever do. The Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood is an impressive, timely, and necessary resource. It offers a depth and comprehensiveness that is rare in such a relatively new area of study. Scholars, both new and seasoned, will find a treasure trove of theory, findings, and applications in its pages." --Bella DePaulo, PhD, author of How We Live Now and Singled Out
"This book on the new and rapidly growing area of study in developmental psychology--emerging adulthood--is a bold, pioneering effort of Dr. Jeffrey Arnett and 75 other scholars... This is an outstanding contribution to psychology. As we understand ourselves and others more deeply, we lead happier, more meaningful lives."--BIZ INDIA
About The Author
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, PhD, is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He originally proposed the theory of emerging adulthood to describe the lives of today's 18-29-year-olds, and he is the Founding President and Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood.