Are college students adults? Their conceptions of the transition to adulthood

  title={Are college students adults? Their conceptions of the transition to adulthood},
  author={Jeffrey Jensen Arnett},
  journal={Journal of Adult Development},
  • J. Arnett
  • Published 1 October 1994
  • Education, Psychology
  • Journal of Adult Development
College students (N=346) were surveyed on their conceptions of the transition to adulthood and their own status as adults. Only 23% indicated that they considered themselves to have reached adulthood, while nearly two-thirds indicated that they considered themselves to be adults in some respects but not in others. The most important criteria for marking the transition to adulthood were indicated to be individualistic and intangible criteria, particularly “accept responsibility for the… 

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