© 2012

Early Adulthood in a Family Context

  • Alan Booth
  • Susan L. Brown
  • Nancy S. Landale
  • Wendy D. Manning
  • Susan M. McHale
  • In depth coverage of this critical life period

  • Covers socioeconomic gender and race issues

  • Highlights new theoretical, methodological, and measurement concepts

  • Features high profile contributors


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

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

  • Book Title Early Adulthood in a Family Context
  • Editors Alan Booth
    Susan L. Brown
    Nancy S Landale
    Wendy D. Manning
    Susan M McHale
  • Series Title National Symposium on Family Issues
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-1435-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-8595-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-1436-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 268
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Family
    Clinical Psychology
    Sociology, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

“The book is based on papers presented at the 18th Annual Symposium on Family Issues in October 2011. … each part of the book is a coherent piece and with each chapter the reader gets a wider or more detailed picture of the discussed topic. … book offers valuable insight into how adolescents become adults and into how family is crucial in this process. … may inform and enlighten our thinking not only about youth transition to adulthood, but also about fertility and family dynamics.” (Monika Mynarska, European Journal of Population, Vol. 28, 2012)