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On the Frontier of Adulthood

On the Frontier of Adulthood

Emerging Themes and New Directions

(p.3) Chapter 1 On the Frontier of Adulthood
On the Frontier of Adulthood
Frank F. Furstenberg Jr.Rubén G. RumbautRichard A. Settersten Jr.
University of Chicago Press

Shifts in culture and society worked together to define adolescence as a meaningful life period separate from childhood and adulthood. Similar forces are at work today to make early adulthood a distinct and socially recognized stage of life. This book draws together information from a variety of sources to provide a more accurate and textured picture of early adulthood. It analyzes demographic, social, and economic transitions that occur as young people enter adult roles. It explicitly compares historical eras, cohorts, or nations to show that the transition to adulthood looks very different today than it did fifty or a hundred years ago. The book examines issues of race, nativity, and gender in the transition to adulthood during the twentieth century; historical trends in patterns of time use among young adults in developed countries; generation gaps in attitudes and values from the 1970s to the 1990s; post-secondary education and early adult life; early adult transitions and their relation to well-being and substance use; and how social policy can help young people in their transition to adulthood.

Keywords:   adolescence, adulthood, young people, generation gaps, post-secondary education, adult life, adult transitions, well-being, substance use, social policy

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