Early Adulthood in a Family Context

  • Alan Booth
  • Susan L. Brown
  • Nancy S. Landale
  • Wendy D. Manning
  • Susan M. McHale

Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Contemporary Context of Young Adulthood

  3. Parent-Child Relationships and Successful Transitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Karen L. Fingerman, Yen-Pi Cheng, Lauren Tighe, Kira S. Birditt, Steven Zarit
      Pages 59-85
    3. Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Janel Benson
      Pages 87-103
    4. Kelly Musick, Ann Meier
      Pages 105-120
    5. D. Wayne Osgood, Sonja E. Siennick
      Pages 121-130
  4. Romantic and Sexual Relationships

  5. Family Contexts and Timing of Fertility

  6. The Study of Young Adulthood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
      Pages 231-244
    3. Jessica Halliday Hardie, Christine E. Stanik
      Pages 245-258
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-265

About this book


Graduation, full-time employment, independent living, marriage, parenthood—for decades this has been the idealized trajectory to adulthood. More recently, however, scholars, practitioners, and young adults themselves are recognizing the disconnect between long-held cultural scripts and current social and economic realities, as more young adults are following a wide range of pathways to adulthood.  

Early Adulthood in a Family Context provides insight on a contemporary cross-section of families that are diverse in terms of class, ethnicity, immigrant status, and economic circumstances. Focusing on family characteristics and dynamics that promote successful transitions to early adulthood, the book presents new theories, methodologies, and findings about the familial experiences and behaviors of young adults with their parents, partners, and offspring. Contributors also warn against oversimplified conclusions by emphasizing the variety of pathways to adulthood and recommending public policy supports for young adults. Included in the coverage: 

  • Parental support and young adults’ well-being.
  • Young adults in the digital world.
  • Child well-being and the long reach of the family.
  • Developmental shifts in romantic/sexual relationships from adolescence to young adulthood.
  • Becoming a parent: social contexts of fertility during young adulthood.
  • Young adult fertility in the context of economic disadvantage.

Early Adulthood in a Family Context brings current issues into clear perspective and deserves a wide audience among researchers, faculty, and students of human development and family studies, family sociology, and demography as well as policy makers and practitioners.


Adolescence Adolescent sexual relationships Early adult well-being Early adulthood Emerging adulthood Family relationships Fragile families Parent-child relationships Socio-emotional development Transition to adulthood Young adults

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Booth
    • 1
  • Susan L. Brown
    • 2
  • Nancy S. Landale
    • 3
  • Wendy D. Manning
    • 4
  • Susan M. McHale
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, JusticePennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Bowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  3. 3.Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  4. 4., Departments of Sociology and DemographyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  5. 5.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1435-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1436-0
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