, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 381-382,
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Date: 28 Aug 2012

Booth, A., Brown, S. L., Landale, N. S., Manning, W. D., McHale, S. M. (eds): Early Adulthood in a Family Context

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Family formation is increasingly delayed in the contemporary developed world. A few decades ago, young adulthood (age 18–24) was a period of family formation. Nowadays, the usual steps of entry into adulthood—marriage, childbearing—come much later in the life-course. The age 18–24 is no longer a time of making commitments. In 2000, the psychologist Jeffrey Arnett used the term “emerging adulthood” to describe this life stage, emphasizing its new nature. The aim of the edited volume “Early adulthood in a family context” is to improve our knowledge about it.

The book is based on papers presented at the 18th Annual Symposium on Family Issues in October 2011. It has an interesting construction. The five parts of the book represent the five thematic sessions at the symposium. As for the first four parts of the volume, each of them consists of one leading chapter and a few shorter ones. While the leading chapter is always the most extensive, the shorter contributions complement it with additi