11-15 Lecture - Late Adolescence and the Transition to...

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Late Adolescence and the Transition to Adulthood Growing up ain't like it used to be “…30 is the new 20” November 15, 2006
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Overview “Unprecedented Exploration” Cultural and Historical Movements Developmental Changes Cognitive Socioemotional Risk and Resilience
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Have you reached adulthood? Do you think you have reached adulthood? Why or Why Not? Characteristics of an “Adult?”
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Arnett (2001): North American Young People’s Responses to “ Do you feel that you have reached adulthood?” 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 18-25 26-35 Yes Yes and No No
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Assessment: IDEA instrument Views of Life Survey Reifman, A., Arnett, J.J., & Colwell, M.J. (2003, August). The IDEA: Inventory of the Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood. Presentation at the 111th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
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Subscale Items to Average Identity Exploration: 12, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 Experimentation/Possibilities: 1, 2, 4, 16, 21 Negativity/Instability: 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 17, 20 Other-Focused: 13, 14, 18 Self-Focused: 5, 7, 10, 15, 19, 22 Feeling "In-Between” 29, 30, 31
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Some People from the “Real World” "... I think it's important for me to get rid of the party-girl side of me, so I can embrace the housewife/grown-up side of me." Rachel, 10/18/05 episode “Football was my life and that's really all that I knew. I was totally dedicated to it. When that didn't happen, it totally changed my life. And so, here I am now, trying to really figure out who I am." M.J., 2/22/05 episode "This is your youth. This is supposed to be the best time in your life, where you're trying to find yourself, find who you are, find what kind of person you want to be with." CAMERAN (to Brad) in season opener, January 2004 "I'm definitely afraid of growing up. .. scared to death of it. If I had my choice, I would be 21 forever."ACE, 8/26/03 episode
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Central Question to Consider: Is the Transition to Adulthood a Period of Flourishing Or Floundering?
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Period of “Unprecedented Exploration” Drawn out Education: more students draw out their education—only about 50% of Americans and 33% of Canadians who enroll in higher education have earned their BA by the age of 25 “Taking time off”, Traveling, Combining Education and Work, Increasing # of youth pursuing education beyond the undergraduate level Delayed Career Entry
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