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Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education
A New Student Development Paradigm

ISBN 9781138654136
Published October 2, 2018 by Routledge
220 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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).


"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