The new life stage of emerging adulthood at ages 18-29 years

Implications for mental health

Jeffrey J. Arnett, Rita Žukauskiene, Kazumi Sugimura

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    Abstract

    Since 1960 demographic trends towards longer time in education and late age to enter into marriage and of parenthood have led to the rise of a new life stage at ages 18-29 years, now widely known as emerging adulthood in developmental psychology. In this review we present some of the demographics of emerging adulthood in high-income countries with respect to the prevalence of tertiary education and the timing of parenthood. We examine the characteristics of emerging adulthood in several regions (with a focus on mental health implications) including distinctive features of emerging adulthood in the USA, unemployment in Europe, and a shift towards greater individualism in Japan.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)569-576
    Number of pages8
    JournalThe Lancet Psychiatry
    Volume1
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014

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    Marriage
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    Developmental Psychology

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    • Biological Psychiatry

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    The new life stage of emerging adulthood at ages 18-29 years : Implications for mental health. / Arnett, Jeffrey J.; Žukauskiene, Rita; Sugimura, Kazumi.

    In: The Lancet Psychiatry, Vol. 1, No. 7, 01.12.2014, p. 569-576.

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