Young People's Conceptions of the Transition to Adulthood

@article{Arnett1997YoungPC,
  title={Young People's Conceptions of the Transition to Adulthood},
  author={Jeffrey Jensen Arnett},
  journal={Youth \& Society},
  year={1997},
  volume={29},
  pages={23 - 3}
}
  • J. Arnett
  • Published 1 September 1997
  • Psychology
  • Youth & Society
Conceptions of the transition to adulthood were examined using data from 346 college students aged 18-23 and 140 21 - to 28-year-olds. Participants indicated the characteristics necessary for a person to be considered an adult on a questionnaire containing 40 possible criteria. In both studies, the top criteria endorsed emphasized aspects of individualism, including “accept responsibility for the consequences of your actions,”“decide on own beliefs and values independently of parents or other… 

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