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Early Adulthood in a Family Context

  • 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

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

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

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
  3. Parent-Child Relationships and Successful Transitions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 57-57
  4. Parent-child relationships that facilitate successful transitions

    1. Relationships Between Young Adults and Their Parents

      • Karen L. Fingerman, Yen-Pi Cheng, Lauren Tighe, Kira S. Birditt, Steven Zarit
      Pages 59-85
    2. The Implications of Family Context for the Transition to Adulthood

      • Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Janel Benson
      Pages 87-103
    3. Child Well-Being and the Long Reach of Family Relationships

      • Kelly Musick, Ann Meier
      Pages 105-120
    4. Young Adults’ “Need”: In the Eye of the Beholder?

      • D. Wayne Osgood, Sonja E. Siennick
      Pages 121-130
  5. Romantic and Sexual Relationships

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 131-131
  6. Romantic and sexual relationships

    1. Developmental Shifts in the Character of Romantic and Sexual Relationships from Adolescence to Young Adulthood

      • Peggy C. Giordano, Wendy D. Manning, Monica A. Longmore, Christine M. Flanigan
      Pages 133-164
  7. Family Contexts and Timing of Fertility

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 183-183
  8. Family contexts and timing of fertility

  9. 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.

Keywords

  • 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

Reviews

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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, Justice, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

    Alan Booth

  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, USA

    Susan L. Brown

  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

    Nancy S. Landale

  • , Departments of Sociology and Demography, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, USA

    Wendy D. Manning

  • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

    Susan M. McHale

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4614-1436-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)