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Word count: 312 Timothy-Jon Discar UWP101: Prof. Haynes January 5, 2011 Journal #1 In Jeffrey Arnett’s article, “Emerging Adulthood: A Theory of Development for the Late Teens Through the Twenties,” the author argues that in between adolescence and adulthood is another significant stage of development in which he calls emerging adulthood. Within this stage, one is allowed to explore many options not available in adolescence without the constant pressures found in actual adulthood. While many of his claims provide valid insights to an age group that is different from both adolescence and adulthood, the evidence he uses seems to be biased towards a particular type of individuals in this age group, specifically college students. A majority of his claims involve students who are attending or have attended college. While the evidence itself is strong, it narrows the application of the article to those who have attended college. Many of the claims of career opportunities, love, and world views seem to
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Unformatted text preview: focus on the assumption that the individual is in some type of further educational institution after high school. While still making valid points, the arguments would have been stronger if Arnett provided an alternative perspective for those who have not attended or is not enrolled in college. Another aspect of this article that I find interesting is how Arnett breaks down his accusations in compartmentalized categories and sections. Personally, I feel that Arnett could have elaborated more on each topic instead of breaking it down into different sections. One only gets a brief insight on how love differs in this “emerging adulthood” before Arnett continues into his article. Another downside to this sectioning technique is that it seems to not flow as well. Having the article in sections made it a bit more difficult to follow since the dynamics of the article as a whole had pauses in it due to each differently labeled section....
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