The Dangerous Myth of Emerging Adulthood: An Evidence-Based Critique of a Flawed Developmental Theory

@article{Ct2014TheDM,
  title={The Dangerous Myth of Emerging Adulthood: An Evidence-Based Critique of a Flawed Developmental Theory},
  author={James E. C{\^o}t{\'e}},
  journal={Applied Developmental Science},
  year={2014},
  volume={18},
  pages={177 - 188}
}
  • J. Côté
  • Published 2 October 2014
  • Psychology
  • Applied Developmental Science
This article examines the theory of emerging adulthood, introduced into the literature by Arnett (2000), in terms of its methodological and evidential basis, and finds it to be unsubstantiated on numerous grounds. Other, more convincing, formulations of variations in the transition to adulthood are examined. Most flawed academic theories are simply ignored by scientists. However, Arnett's unsubstantiated formulations have found their way to journalists, who are influencing public opinion, and… 

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