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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).


Expert Witness Testimony; Medical Research; Risk Behavior Research.

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.


Archive of 2014 Media

Including the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, and NY Times

Archive of 2013 Media

Including  the Telegram and Gazette, USA Today, and Fox News

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