Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 23–29

Suffering, Selfish, Slackers? Myths and Reality About Emerging Adults

Review Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10964-006-9157-z

Cite this article as:
Arnett, J.J. J Youth Adolescence (2007) 36: 23. doi:10.1007/s10964-006-9157-z


Many myths about adolescence have been refuted by research, but similar myths have grown up in recent years around emerging adulthood. This essay addresses three of those myths: the claim that they suffer from a normative “crisis”; the accusations that they are “selfish”; and their alleged reluctance to “grow up” and become adults. For each issue, evidence is presented showing that the myths exaggerate or falsify the true experience of emerging adults.


Emerging adulthood Storm and stress Transition to adulthood Stereotypes 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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