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Emerging Adulthood »


Books and Articles.

Dr. Arnett’s main area of scholarship is emerging adulthood, the age period from the late teens to the mid-twenties. Dr. Arnett coined the term and presented a theory of emerging adulthood in a widely-cited article in American Psychologist in 2000.


 2015 SSEA Conference Debate

Interrogating Emerging Adulthood: Jeffrey Arnett in the Hot Seat
Moderator: Moin Syed
Panel: Dalal Katsiaficas, Monique Landberg, and Maria Wangqcist
Special Guest: Jeffrey Arnett
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Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood.

The Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA) is now open for membership at Activities of the SSEA include hosting a biennial conference, sponsoring a journal Emerging Adulthood, and connecting scholars from around the world. For more information, see

clark polls

Clark Polls of Emerging Adulthood.

The Clark University Polls offer insights into how emerging adults, parents, and established adults view distinct developmental life stages, identified by poll director and Clark Psychology Professor Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, who coined the term "emerging adulthood."

Textbooks »

 Child Development, Adolescence, and Lifespan.

Dr. Arnett is the author of the popular textbooks Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach (2010, Prentice Hall) and the newly published, Human Development: A Cultural Approach (2011, Pearson Education).

Encyclopedias AND HANDBOOKS »

Encyclopedia of Adolescence.

Dr. Arnett is the Editor of two encyclopedias published in 2007: the International Encyclopedia of Adolescence (Routledge) and the Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (Sage Publications).


Tobacco, Risk Behavior, Media, etc.

Since 1997, Dr. Arnett has served as an expert witness in over 20 cases brought against the major tobacco companies, including the multi-state attorneys general case that resulted in the largest civil settlement in legal history in 1998. See Expert Witness Testimony

Featured Articles

  • The new life stage of emerging adulthood: An international perspective

    What does it mean to become an adult, and what marks
    the transition to adulthood? All cultures have an answer
    of some kind to this question.    Continue Reading »

  • Does emerging adulthood theory apply across social classes? National data on a persistent question

    The theory of emerging adulthood has been criticized as not applying across social classes. This article presents data from a
    national survey of 18- to 25-year-olds in order to test this critique.
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  • Emerging adulthood and social class: Rejoinder to Furstenburg, Silva, and du Bois-Reymond

    Here I reply to the commentaries by Furstenberg, Silva, and du Bois-Reymond on my essay concerning emerging adulthood (EA)
    and social class.
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