October 14-16, 2015
Miami, Florida

 Presidential Address

Unanswered Questions about Emerging Adulthood: An Agenda for Moving the Field Forward
Seth Schwartz, University of Miami, USA

Presidential Address: Unanswered Questions about Emerging Adulthood: An Agenda for Moving the Field Forward
Speaker: Seth J. Schwartz, University of Miami

Please see the Powerpoint presentation here

Date: Friday, October 16, 8am-9am

My goal in this address is to highlight emerging adulthood as the time when life either “goes good” or “goes bad”. Although emerging adulthood is a time of increased well-being and life satisfaction, it is also characterized by the highest levels of risk taking (hazardous drinking, illicit drug use, sexual promiscuity, and dangerous driving). Many psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, anxiety problems, and major depression, also have their onset during emerging adulthood for many people. Because emerging adulthood represents a time when young people often have the least guidance from society in terms of what to do with their lives, the role of personal agency is of primary importance in increasing the likelihood of a successful transition to adult roles, of resilient outcomes in the face of childhood adversity, and in using the emerging adult years as a time of personal exploration rather than aimlessness. I conclude with suggestions for intervening at various levels to increase success and resilience during emerging adulthood.

Dr. Seth J. Schwartz is Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. He is a Founding Member and President-Elect for SSEA. He has a master’s degree in family and child sciences from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Florida International University. His research interests include personal and cultural identity, immigration and acculturation, health risk behavior, well-being, and parenting and family functioning. He has 185 scholarly publications and has been principal investigator of three grant awards from the National Institutes of Health.


His complete CV and list of publications are available HERE

Selected Publications

Crocetti, E., Meeus, W. H. J., Ritchie, R. A., Meca, A., & Schwartz, S. J. (in press). Adolescent identity: The key to unraveling associations between family relationships and problem behaviors? In L. M. Scheier & W. B. Hansen (Eds.), Parenting and teen drug use. New York: Oxford University Press.

Schwartz, S. J., & Vazsonyi, A. T. (in press). Peers and delinquency. In J. M. Miller (Ed.), Encyclopedia of theoretical criminology. New York: Wiley.

Schwartz, S. J., Vignoles, V. L., Brown, R., & Zagefka, H. (in press). The identity dynamics of acculturation and multiculturalism: Situating acculturation in context. In V. Benet-Martínez & Y.-Y. Hong (Eds.), Oxford handbook of multicultural identity. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Schwartz, S. J., Donnellan, M. B., Ravert. R. D., Luyckx, K., & Zamboanga, B. L. (2013). Identity development, personality, and well-being in adolescence and emerging adulthood: Theory, research, and recent advances. In I. B. Weiner (Series Ed.), and R. M. Lerner, A. Easterbrooks, & J. Mistry (Vol. Eds.), Handbook of psychology, vol. 6: Developmental psychology (pp. 339-364). New York: John Wiley and Sons.