This page provides websites and other web resources which may be helpful in teaching emerging adulthood courses. These pages may be used as resources to both provide extra information to instructors as well as provide supplemental information to students. Have a suggested resource? Send us an email!
The Clark University Polls offer insights into how emerging adults, parents, and established adults view these distinct developmental life stages. Includes findings from the 2012 Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults (ages 18–29), the 2013 Clark University Poll of Parents of Emerging Adults, and the 2014 Clark University Poll of Established Adults (ages 25–39).
The Network on Transitions to Adulthood studies individuals aged 18-30. It examines the multiple markers of adulthood and the variety of combinations and sequences in which they occur. The Network also explores how societal institutions may facilitate the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
This website contains visual descriptions of 6 topics relevant to the early adulthood: cognitive stages of development, life contour of work, Sternberg's triangle of love, single-parent families with children under 18, death rates, and the proportion of women 20-40 who have not yet given birth.
This website focuses on cognitive functioning during early adulthood. Information is included on the following topics: cognitive growth, Gilligan, marrying ages, Schaie, crystallized intelligence, Gould, Perry, Steele, Erikson, intelligence, Pert, Sternberg, fluid intelligence, Kohlberg, postformal thought, triangular theory of love, Flynn Effect, Labouvie-Vief, practical intelligence, triarchic theory of intelligence, frontal lobes, Levinson, Reigel, WAIS, Gardner, Marcia, Reinke, Wechsler
Offers links on the following 4 topics: Physical Development, Social, and Cognitive Development, Faculty Resources, Student Resources
This link is for Alan Reifman’s emerging adulthood blog. It contains updated information on emerging adulthood including articles, books, and websites. Alan regularly posts recent news and reports related to emerging adulthood.
This link is for Jeffery Arnett’s website dedicated to emerging adulthood resources. It includes links to emerging adult articles, books, and other information.
Pew Research Center reports and data on the Millennial generation, those born after 1980 and the first generation to come of age in the new millennium.
“The Dos and Don’ts of Mothering an Adult.” A resource for parents of emerging adults.
Article and list of resources for parents of teens who have disabilities and are entering the transition to adulthood.
Transition information and resources from the University of Illinois at Chicago for parents of emerging adults with special health care needs.
Blog with news, advice, and resources for parents of “young people taking longer to transition to adulthood.”
A booklet developed for families to help teens with special needs prepare for adulthood.
Based at the University of South Florida, the National Center on Youth Transition is dedicated to improving the practices, systems, and outcomes for transition-age youth and young adults (14-25 years old) with emotional and/or behavior difficulties.
Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The site provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and the developing world.
PDF Document of the Executive Summary of the Successful Young Adult Development Report submitted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by researchers at the Search Institute and the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington. This may be a useful model for determining indicators for use in research on emerging adults.
The AHAA study expands the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to include detailed measures of academic progress and high school curriculum. The AHAA study contributes to Add Health by providing the high school transcripts of Add Health Wave III sample members. Special indicators include (1) educational achievement, (2) course taking patterns, (3) curricular exposure, and (4) educational contexts within and between schools.
The main role of the study is to identify and enable analysis and understanding of the key factors affecting young people's progress in transition from the later years of compulsory education, through any subsequent education or training, to entry into the labor market or other outcomes. Data from the study will be used, among other things, to monitor the progress of the cohort group, evaluate the success or otherwise of policy aimed at this group and provide an evidence base for further policy development. Sample boosts took place for deprivation factors and for ethnicity.
The questionnaire includes items such as: household and demographic information, attitudes to the young person's school and involvement in education, extra-curricular activities, parental expectations and aspirations, risk factors (absences, truancy, police contact, bullying), and individual parent questions.
Long-term study of Canadian children that follows their development and well-being from birth to early adulthood. The study is designed to collect information about factors influencing a child's social, emotional and behavioral development and to monitor the impact of these factors on the child's development over time. Data beyond Cycle 3 is available only through the Research Data Centres in Canada.
The site of the Michigan Study of Adolescent and Adult Life Transitions (MSALT) provides information on questionnaires, scales, and data for researchers, a list of articles and publications that have resulted from the study, and a list of family, education, and career web resources.
The World Youth Report 2007 examines the challenges and opportunities existing for the roughly 1.2 billion young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world. Distinct from the 2003 and 2005 editions, it provides a regional overview summarizing the major youth development trends in the fifteen priority areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth. The report explores major issues of concern to youth development, including employment, education, health, poverty and violence. At the same time, it highlights youth as a positive force for development and provides recommendations for supporting their essential contributions.
The National Study of Youth and Religion is a research project directed by Christian Smith, Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame and Lisa Pearce, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This project, generously supported by Lilly Endowment Inc., began in August 2001 and is currently funded through December 2015. Wave 3 (January 2007 - December 2010) is also supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The project is designed to enhance our understanding of the religious lives of American youth from adolescence into young adulthood, using telephone survey and in-depth interview methods.
Provides quick and condensed information on the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child, adolescent, and emerging adult well being. Topics include depression across the lifespan, mental health issues typical among young adults, and mental and physical health trends among young adults in prison.
Link to Princeton University’s Data and Statistical Services that provides access to multiple databanks and research resources focused on late adolescence, emerging adulthood, and early adulthood.
The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 3 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers.
Relevant Surveys on this Site:
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97)
Survey of young men and women born in the years 1980-84; respondents were ages 12-17 when first interviewed in 1997.
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)
Survey of men and women born in the years 1957-64; respondents were ages 14-22 when first interviewed in 1979.
Monitors health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity, alcohol and other drug use. Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection. Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.