Learning to Stand Alone: The Contemporary American Transition to Adulthood in Cultural and Historical Context

  title={Learning to Stand Alone: The Contemporary American Transition to Adulthood in Cultural and Historical Context},
  author={Jeffrey Jensen Arnett},
  journal={Human Development},
  pages={295 - 315}
  • J. Arnett
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • Psychology
  • Human Development
Conceptions of the transition to adulthood in the contemporary American majority culture are examined, and compared to conceptions cross-culturally and historically. Perspectives from other places and times are presented first, indicating that there is a widespread view that the transition to adulthood involves the gradual development of character qualities such as impulse control and diligence but culminates in marriage as the ultimate marker of the transition to adulthood. Findings from… 

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