Rethinking the Youth Phase of the Life-course: The Case for Emerging Adulthood?

  title={Rethinking the Youth Phase of the Life-course: The Case for Emerging Adulthood?},
  author={John M. Bynner},
  journal={Journal of Youth Studies},
  pages={367 - 384}
  • J. Bynner
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Youth Studies
A whole flurry of new thinking and research about young people in the USA has been stimulated by Jeffery Arnett's theory of ‘Emerging Adulthood’. This argues for recognition of a new stage of the life-course between adolescence and adulthood reflecting the extension of youth transitions to independence brought about by globalization and technological change. Although the perspective aligns with developmental psychology's conception of ‘stages of development’, its appeal extends across the… 

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