Publications and Related Readings


  • Arnett, J. J. (2000). Emerging adulthood: A theory of development from the late teens through the twenties. American Psychologist, 55, 469-480.
  • Buhl, H., & Lanz, M. (2007). Emerging adulthood in Europe: Common traits and variability across five European countries. Journal of Adolescent Research, 22, 439-443.
  • Côté, J., & Bynner, J. M. (2008). Changes in the transition to adulthood in the UK and Canada: The role of structure and agency in emerging adulthood. Journal of Youth Studies, 11, 251-268.
  • Hendry, L. B., Kloep, M. (2010). How universal is emerging adulthood? An empirical example. Journal of Youth Studies, 13, 169-179.
  • Jensen, L., & Arnett, J. J. (2012). Going global: New pathways for adolescents and emerging adults in a changing world. Journal of Social Issues, 68, 473-492.
  • Reifman, A., Arnett, J.J., & Colwell, M.J. (2007). Emerging adulthood: Theory, assessment, and application. Journal of Youth Development, 2.
  • Schwartz, S. J., Côté, J., & Arnett, J. J. (2005). Identity and Agency in Emerging Adulthood: Two Developmental Routes in the Individualization Process. Youth & Society, 37, 201-229.
  • Syed, M. & Seiffge-Krenke, I. (2013). Personality development from adolescence to emerging adulthood: Linking trajectories of ego development to the family context and identity formation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 371-384.


  • Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood by Frank D. Fincham, 2014
  • When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up?: Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett Ph.D. and Elizabeth Fishel, 2013
  • Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (5th Edition) by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, 2012
  • Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood Hardcover by Christian Smith, Kari Christoffersen, Hilary Davidson, Patricia Snell Herzog, 2011
  • Debating Emerging Adulthood: Stage or Process? by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Marion Kloep, Leo B. Hendry and Jennifer L. Tanner, 2011
  • Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It’s Good for Everyone by Richard Settersten & Barbara E. Ray, 2010
  • Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel, 2009
  • On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy by Richard A. Settersten Jr., Frank F. Furstenberg and Ruben G. Rumbaut, 2008
  • Young People’s Transitions from Care to Adulthood by Mike Stein, Emily R. Munro, Harriet Ward, 2008
  • Emerging and Young Adulthood: Multiple Perspectives, Diverse Narratives by Varda Konstam, 2007
  • Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties Paperback by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, 2006
  • Emerging Adults in America: Coming of Age in the 21st Century, Edited by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett and Jennifer Lynn Tanner, 2006
  • Romance and Sex in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood Risks and Opportunities by Ann C. Crouter (Editor), Alan Booth (Editor), 2006
  • On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy by Richard A. Settersten Jr. (Editor), Frank F. Furstenberg Jr. (Editor), Ruben G. Rumbaut (Editor), 2005
  • Readings on Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, 2002
  • Arrested Adulthood: The Changing Nature of Maturity and Identity by James E Cote, 2000