On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy. John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation Series on Mental Healthand Development, Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood andPublic Policy. (Microform, 2005) [WorldCat.org]
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On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy. John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation Series on Mental Healthand Development, Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood andPublic Policy.

Author: Richard A Jr Ed Settersten; Ruben G Ed Rumbaut; Frank F Jr Ed Furstenberg
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Microfiche : English
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"On the Frontier of Adulthood" reveals a startling new fact: adulthood no longer begins when adolescence ends. A lengthy period before adulthood, often spanning the twenties and even extending into the thirties, is now devoted to further education, job exploration, experimentation in romantic relationships, and personal development. Pathways into and through adulthood have become much less linear and predictable,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reports - Descriptive
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Jr Ed Settersten; Ruben G Ed Rumbaut; Frank F Jr Ed Furstenberg
ISBN: 9780226748894 0226748898
OCLC Number: 911579581
Language Note: English.
Description: 504 pages

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"On the Frontier of Adulthood" reveals a startling new fact: adulthood no longer begins when adolescence ends. A lengthy period before adulthood, often spanning the twenties and even extending into the thirties, is now devoted to further education, job exploration, experimentation in romantic relationships, and personal development. Pathways into and through adulthood have become much less linear and predictable, and these changes carry tremendous social and cultural significance, especially as institutions and policies aimed at supporting young adults have not kept pace with these changes. This volume considers the nature and consequences of changes in early adulthood by drawing upon a wide variety of historical and contemporary data from the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. Especially dramatic shifts have occurred in the conventional markers of adulthood--leaving home, finishing school, getting a job, getting married, and having children--and in how these experiences are configured as a set. These accounts reveal how the process of becoming an adult has changed over the past century, the challenges faced by young people today, and what societies can do to smooth the transition to adulthood. This book is divided into 4 parts: (1) On the Frontier of Adulthood: An Introduction; (2) Comparisons over Time and Place: Cross-Sectional and Cross-National Studies; (3) Passages to Adulthood: Findings from National and Regional Longitudinal Studies; and (4) Policy and Practice for Lives in Transition. (Contains 56 figures and 84 tables.).

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