Why join? Why SSEA? Why now?

Dear Colleague,

I would like to invite you to become a member of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA) today.

Why join?

The period that has come to be known as emerging adulthood (ages 18 to 29) has taken on great significance in the 21st century. The journey from adolescence to adulthood has dramatically changed since the 1950s, when adult roles were adopted early and in a predictable sequence. Today, transitions to adulthood occur later and are less uniform. Your membership in the SSEA demonstrates your support for the pursuit of scientific knowledge essential for understanding how we can learn about and support development, health, and well-being during the late teens and twenties in the new millennium.


The SSEA is the only scholarly organization in the world dedicated to the study and dissemination of scientific information on the development of young people ages 18 to 29. The strength of the SSEA lies in the diversity of its membership, comprised of leading social scientists from around the world representing many cultures, countries, and disciplines. Since bringing together 80 scholars for the first Conference on Emerging Adulthood in 2003 (Harvard University; Cambridge, MA), the SSEA has grown tremendously. A decade later, as we prepare for our 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood (October, 2015, Miami), we are prepared to host many hundreds of scientific presentations, debates, and innovative sessions. Last year marked a significant new milestone: the launch of SSEA’s flagship journal Emerging Adulthood (published by Sage) in March, 2013! Once you become part of the SSEA, you will receive issues of the journal as a benefit of membership.

Why now?

The SSEA is off to a great start, with over 400 members joining in our first year. Now we have elected leadership, committees, and Topic Networks that bring together people with common interests in a specific area of emerging adulthood. In 2015 the EA journal will be expanding from four to six issues per year. If you have interests in 18-29-year-olds, joining the SSEA will help you develop professionally and keep up with the latest research.

Join us!

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
Executive Director, SSEA

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*Student Affiliate and General Affiliate members will have all privileges of other members except voting.