In the News

Around the world, emerging adults are gaining recognition, and we’re keeping track. In the News is a service of the SSEA that features and archives news articles about emerging adults or issues germane to emerging adulthood. Check out our Feature Story for an exciting recent news article on emerging adulthood. Recent news is listed below, and a complete archive of news stories on emerging adulthood can be accessed via the link below.

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Feature Article

Responding to the book “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before”
(2006, Free Press).

Jeffrey Arnett responds:
“It’s like a cottage industry of putting them down and complaining about them and whining about why they don’t grow up,” said Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, a developmental psychologist, referring to young Americans. Mr. Arnett, the author of “Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road From the Late Teens through the Twenties” (2004, Oxford University Press), has written a critique of Ms. Twenge’s book, which is to be published in the American Journal of Psychology. read more


Recent News

Moving back home after graduation no longer a no-no (August 31, 2008)

Bobby Franklin Jr., confident and energetic, seemed on a trajectory to an independent life -- going to college, moving into an off-campus apartment and jumping into the banking industry just weeks after his last final exam. Only, the Clarion University graduate circled back home like a boomerang. Inside his parent's elegant five-bedroom house in Plum, he has settled into a roomy bedroom, with its own staircase leading outside. read more

More parents are buying into kids' college experiences (August 24, 2008)

Real estate professionals were the first to figure out that parental purchases of "kiddie condos" for college students, in lieu of paying for dorms, made sound economic sense. That practice is now common. read more

The truth about women and babies (August 10, 2008)

Last year The Irish Times commissioned a widely publicised opinion poll that tried to answer one of the most clichéd questions of the 20th century: what do women want? The answer, it seemed, is financial independence. read more

Young people need a sense of purpose to succeed in life (July 31, 2008)

"When my son comes home from school, he lounges in the living room with his friends. They're all seniors in high school who should be thinking about what to do next," a mother in Alaska told me. read more

All grown up, and glad to drop by (July 11, 2008)

If you keep it, they will come. That's what some owners of second homes have discovered as their complaining teens become young adults. The same kids who despised being dragged on vacation take a second look at that summer home and see a place to unwind, spread out, and - let's be blunt - snag free room and board. read more

Smoothing the transition from college to career (July 11, 2008)

Stacy Lieberman hears the same thing from recent college grads all the time. "My degree is in psychology; I don't know what to do. My degree is in history; I don't know what to do," said Lieberman, office manager at the Center for Professional Development, which is at the University of Hartford in Connecticut but serves the community. read more

College grads return to comforts of home (June 14, 2008)

When Melissa Jenkins received her college diploma last year, she was ready to get on with life - and move in with her parents. The 23-year-old from North Reading, Mass., was saddled with student loans from her years at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire and felt she had no solid career prospects.

"It didn't make sense for me to move out on my own," she says. "I didn't have the appropriate funds. I was searching for a career path." read more

Majority of youths found to lack a direction in life (June 9, 2008)

A majority of young people are struggling to make the leap into adulthood, and educators, parents, and communities should make a more concerted effort to help rudderless youths find a clear direction and overarching sense of purpose, according to a new book.

In The Path to Purpose: Helping Our Children Find Their Calling in Life , Stanford University psychologist William Damon shares the first wave of findings from a study in which he and his graduate students have been surveying 1,200 young people between the ages of 12 and 26 over a period of five years. read more



articles from early 2008

articles from 2007