Emerging Adulthood: My Personal Journey
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 10th
Westin North Shore
It is now 20 years since I began research on the 18-29-year-olds I eventually came to call “emerging adults.” I will describe how I became interested in them, what I have learned from them, and why I proposed emerging adulthood as a new life stage. I will also describe some of the major events that occurred in the course of building emerging adulthood as a field. Finally, I will propose some ideas about where the SSEA and the field of emerging adulthood might go from here.
Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has also taught at the University of Missouri. During 2005 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research and author of the book Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties, published in 2004 by Oxford University Press. Arnett has two children, twins Miles and Paris, born in 1999, and his wife, Lene Jensen, is also a professor at Clark. He has appeared on national television and frequently in print media, including a cover story in the New York Times Sunday magazine in August, 2010. His book (with Elizabeth Fishel) for parents of emerging adults, When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? was published in May 2013. For more information, see www.jeffreyarnett.com.