Generation Disaster

Karla Vermeulen
Publication date: August 27, 2021

Generation Disaster: Coming of Age Post-9/11 focuses on the numerous stressors that have had an impact on today’s emerging adults including climate change, school shootings, economic recession, and of course, the national trauma of 9/11. Disaster mental health expert Karla Vermeulen draws on a combination of statistics, academic sources, and her own original research, including results from a nationally representative survey, to examine these challenges as they are experienced by emerging adults who continue to fight for their future. The result is a corrective to previous works that dismiss “kids today” as fragile or entitled, and instead emphasizes the generation’s strength in the face of unprecedented uncertainties and obstacles.