Emerging and Young Adulthood

Multiple Perspectives, Diverse Narratives

  • Varda Konstam

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

About this book


This data-rich volume offers new insights into the transitional period between adolescence and adulthood. It analyzes core concepts typically associated with adolescence, such as identity development, emerging sexuality, deepening relationships, and exploration of career choices as individuals age into their twenties and early thirties. Chapters examine the challenges of self-exploration, responsibilities, and independence as this generation approaches adulthood with deliberation in an uncertain world with vastly different perspectives from that of their parents. And in the tradition of its predecessor, the book's first-person excerpts emphasize and illuminate the diversity of the population and its stakeholders, including parents and employers.

Each chapter is updated and revised to reflect the current literature that has evolved since the first edition was published. Additional chapters address two increasingly important areas of interest: the virtual life of the emerging and young adult; and the career-related challenges emerging and young adults encounter in their search for a vocational home. Rich additional narratives serve to elucidate the terrain emerging and young adults encounter as they begin to establish themselves in the world of work and social and romantic relationships.

Key areas of coverage include: 

  • Identity formation in environmental context
  • Culture: opening paths, creating detours
  • The "tyranny" of choice: re-examining the prevailing narrative
  • Examination of career paths for emerging and young adults
  • Emotional and social lives of emerging and young adults
  • Overlapping and disparate views of employers
  • Mental health issues of emerging and young adults

The Second Edition of Emerging and Young Adulthood is essential reading for researchers, clinicians, therapists and other professionals, and graduate students in developmental, school, and counseling psychology and related social and behavioral sciences.


Affluence and emerging adulthood Career paths for emerging and young adults Clinical practice and emerging and young adults Contextual theoretical model of emerging adulthood Cultural considerations of emerging adulthood Cultural differences and emerging adulthood Depression and anxiety in emerging and young adulthood Developmental trajectories and emerging adulthood External contingencies and emerging adults Friendships and romantic relationships and emerging adults Happiness and emerging adulthood Identity and young and emerging adults Mental health of emerging adults Narrative and emerging adulthood Parental influences and emerging adults Positive psychology and emerging adulthood Social networking and emerging and young adults Social-emotional development of emerging adults Transitioning to young adulthood “Helicopter” parenting and young adults

Authors and affiliations

  • Varda Konstam
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts BostonBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-11300-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-11301-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-089X
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-0903
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