The emerging adult - now recognized as “the third stage of life.”
Our guest today says that studying the emerging adult years (about age 19-29) is much like studying the preschool years — the preschool years set the stage for the teen years, and the emerging adult years set the stage for the future adulthood.
Today we talk with Dr. Larry Nelson, one of the world’s leading researchers on the emerging adult years. Dr. Nelson is the president of the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA) and examines factors that contribute to flourishing or floundering during this time. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in edited books on topics including conceptions of adulthood, social withdrawal, and the role of parents and culture in the transition to adulthood.
Here are some things you will learn from today’s episode:
- Why is this period of life critical to setting the stage for the adult years?
- What role do parents play during this stage of life?
- What are the signals for the flourishing and/or floundering young adult?
- Why our generation might not have done it “right.”
- How this stage of life is dealt with in many other parts of the world, and how we can learn from them.
To learn more about the emerging adult and Dr. Nelson, here are some informative links:
- Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood
- Flourishing in Emerging Adulthood, book by Dr. Nelson
- Distinguishing Features of Emerging Adulthood: The Role of Self-Classification as an Adult
We are anxious to hear your thoughts once you have listened to the episode.
Thanks so much to Connie Gorant Fisher, our audio engineer.
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