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Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education

A New Student Development Paradigm, 1st Edition

Edited by Joseph L. Murray, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett


210 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This important book introduces Arnett’s emerging adulthood theory to scholars and practitioners in higher education and student affairs, illuminating how recent social, cultural, and economic changes have altered the pathway to adulthood. Chapters in this edited collection explore how this theory fits alongside current student development theory, the implications for how college students learn and develop, and how emerging adulthood theory is uniquely suited to address challenges facing higher education today. Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education provides important recommendations for administrators, counselors, and student affairs personnel to provide effective programs and services to facilitate their emerging adults’ journeys through this formative stage of life.


"Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education takes a fresh and important examination of critical theories of adult development that can anchor our work centered around student success for adult students. The research and theory presented in this book comes at critical time as higher education pivots to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body."

—Kevin Kruger, President , NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Table of Contents




1 Introduction

Joseph L. Murray and Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

2 Conceptual Foundations of Emerging Adulthood

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

3 Emerging Adulthood and Psychosocial Development in College

Joseph L. Murray

4 Emerging Adulthood through the Lens of Social Identity

Rosemary J. Perez & Lisa Landreman

5 Generational Theory and Emerging Adulthood

Joseph L. Murray

6 Career Development in Emerging Adulthood

Lisa Severy

7 Problems Associated with Emerging Adulthood

Aimee C. Adams & Bruce Sharkin

8 The Role of Parents in Emerging Adulthood

Richard Mullendore, Christina Daniel, & Michael Toney

9 Strategic Enrollment Management for Emerging Adults: An Organizational and Equity-Based Perspective

Jarrett B. Warshaw & James C. Hearn

10 Creating Campus Environments for Emerging Adults

C. Carney Strange

11 Student Affairs Programs for Emerging Adults

Maureen E. Wilson & Patrick G. Love

12 Cultivating Relationships between the Institution and Its Emerging Adult Alumni

Shelby K. Radcliffe

13 Conclusion and Future Directions

Joseph L. Murray & Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Appendix: Information and Resources on Emerging Adulthood

Contributor Biographies

About the Editors

Joseph L. Murray is Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Graduate Program in College Student Personnel at Bucknell University, USA.

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is Research Professor of Psychology at Clark University, USA. He is also the Founding President and Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (www.ssea.org).

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