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The First Year OutUnderstanding American Teens after High School$
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Tim Clydesdale

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226110653

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226110677.001.0001

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Navigating Relationships, Managing Gratifications

Navigating Relationships, Managing Gratifications

(p.69) Three Navigating Relationships, Managing Gratifications
The First Year Out

Tim Clydesdale

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 1 suggested that the first year out was analogous to teens gathered around a wobbly table. In this metaphor on the table is an identity lockbox for the storage of critical identities and next to it is the game of daily life management, which seems to engross all those gathered around the table. This chapter describes this game board and its pieces, the rules of play, and the goals of the game. Doing so conveys not only “what” the key components of the first year out are, but also “why” managing these components so engrosses teens during the first year out.

Keywords:   American teens, identity, daily life management

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