Emerging Adulthood: A Time of Instability, Exploration, and Change

  • Christopher SalvatoreEmail author


Emerging adulthood is marked by changes across multiple life domains. These distinguishing features have been identified by scholars as being key to understanding the exploratory nature of emerging adult including changing of jobs, different types of romantic and sexual relationships, experimentation with drugs, and alcohol, and engaging in risky and dangerous behaviors.


Instability Change Identity exploration Self-focus Optimism 


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  1. 1.Montclair State UniversityMontclairUSA

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