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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195309375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195309379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Engaging....informative and insightful....charts a new terrain that is only likely to grow in the 21st century. His sense of optimism and advocacy for young adults are infectious. This work is likely to help build a field of scholarship that is urgently needed to renovate policies, programs and general understanding of the lengthy and arduous process of becoming an adult in American society."--The Washington Post

"This is a book worth reading..."--NACADA Journal

About the Author

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is at Clark University.

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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has also taught at the University of Missouri. During 2005 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research and author of the book Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties, published in 2004 by Oxford University Press. He is also author of one of the most widely-used textbooks on adolescent development, Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach (2009, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition). Arnett has two children, twins Miles and Paris, born in 1999, and his wife, Lene Jensen, is also a professor at Clark. He has appeared on television and frequently in print media, including a cover story in the New York Times Sunday magazine in August, 2010. For more information, see www.jeffreyarnett.com.

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Arnett is THE authority on the subject and this is the best book I've found on the subject.
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Although also chock full of great research, this is a very accessible and engaging read.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By JLT on January 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is a critical guide. It is useful for understanding the experiences, the challenges, and the potential of those who have left adolescence and have not yet entered adulthood.

I have read this book thoroughly and have recommended it to many. As a professor of psychology, I assigned this book to my students last semester. The reviews of the book were unanimous-- Dr. Arnett 'has some how stepped inside my brain, experienced my 21-year-old life, and has written a book about exactly....me.'This book is not a self-help book, but instead provides emerging adults with research and information about development during these years. Students found the most helpful aspect of this book to be the way that Dr. Arnett has described emerging adulthood as a normative stage of development, rather than a cohort experience (think "Gen X") associated with low productivity and apathy.

Many students have told me that their Baby Boomer parents found this book most helpful in understanding what their emerging adult children were going through. Students also told me that they "made" their friends and boyfriends and girlfriends read the book and that it helped them to understand what they were all going through collectively.

If nothing else, this is a book that makes you think, encourages you talk, and really makes you want for more on this very interesting topic.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Susan on August 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am the mother of two daughters, ages 22 and 17. I have always read parenting books in order to understand the stages of development my children were going through. But until Dr. Arnett's book came out, I knew of nothing to help me comprehend "emerging adulthood," a very confusing life stage I never experienced myself. (I knew exactly what I wanted to study when I started college, married at 21, and got a full-time job in my field immediately after graduation.) The attitudes of my older daughter and her friends often baffled me during her college years, and they continue to do so now that she has graduated. I was also surprised by the behavior I observed when visiting the university my younger daughter will be attending soon.

In general, I try not to be judgmental or to give my children advice unless they ask for it. This strategy has worked well in the past. But until I read Dr. Arnett's book, I found it increasingly difficult to "keep my mouth shut" as I listened to my daughters talk about their lives. Now that I have read "Emerging Adulthood," I have more of a grasp on where my children are psychologically. The book has given me the tools to be a better mother.

I think Dr. Arnett's work can be useful to emerging adults themselves by validating their own experiences. It can also be helpful to grandparents, who may find the behavior of their EA grandchildren incomprehensible.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By GenMe on July 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The biggest surprise about Emerging Adulthood is that it wasn't published by a trade press -- it should have been. Although also chock full of great research, this is a very accessible and engaging read. The interviews with young people are suburb, as are the illustrations and the surveys on important issues. The "Twixter" phenomenon of young people taking longer to find their way has been around for awhile, and this is the first book to really capture it in all its facets. The chapter on religion alone is worth the price of the book -- it cuts through media hype about growing fundamentalism to show that actually, most young people aren't all that religious. Parents or teachers, buy this book if you want to understand your twentysomething kids. Twentysomethings, buy this book to see that you are not alone.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A.Reader1 on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ever wonder why there are so many young adults who have no idea where they're going and no idea what to do with their lives? Those aimless drifters you encounter all too often? This book tells you why this is so.

For me, the most interesting chapters are 6 & 7, the ones on the college experience and work experience. Here we find out how the current educational system is structured so as to NOT provide students with the help they need to find a suitable educational & career direction. I feel sorry for all those students who bob along like a cork in the ocean until, by sheer luck, they find their major. After graduation (or as Arnett points out, after flunking out or dropping out) they drift along some more and then eventually, 'fall' into the right job. Some never do any career exploration and never find their true calling. so sad. So much wasted time and so much wasted tuition money.

Where are the high schools in all this? Where are the guidance counselors trying to help students discover their strengths/weaknesses and find a suitable job orientation? Nowhere, that's where.

Overall, book is very good at showing the negative aspects of too much choice and too much freedom.

I will have to deduct one star for Arnett's discussion of the causes of the 'emerging adult' phenomenon. In chapter one he incorrectly ascribes it to a rise in the median age of marriage & parenthood, amongst other factors. The increasing age of marriage is a SYMPTOM not a cause. The rise of emerging adulthood has to be due to the structural change in the U.S. economy over the past 50-60 years. He does, correctly, mention the other main driver: the birth control pill & sexual revolution and changing role of women in U.S. society.
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