Exploring Cultural Conceptions of the Transitions to Adulthood: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development

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The transition to adulthood has been studied for decades in terms of transition events such as leaving home, finishing education, and entering marriage and parenthood, but only recently have studies examined the conceptions of young people themselves on what it means to become an adult. The goal of this volume is to extend the study of conceptions of adulthood to a wider range of cultures.

The chapters in this volume examine conceptions of adulthood among Israelis, Argentines, ...

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Overview

The transition to adulthood has been studied for decades in terms of transition events such as leaving home, finishing education, and entering marriage and parenthood, but only recently have studies examined the conceptions of young people themselves on what it means to become an adult. The goal of this volume is to extend the study of conceptions of adulthood to a wider range of cultures.

The chapters in this volume examine conceptions of adulthood among Israelis, Argentines, American Mormons, Germans, Canadians, and three American ethnic minority groups. There is a widespread emphasis across cultures on individualistic criteria for adulthood, but each culture has been found to emphasize culturally distinctive criteria as well. This volume represents a beginning in research on cultural conceptions of the transition to adulthood and points the way to a broad range of opportunities for future investigation.

This is the 100th issue of the quarterly report New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development.

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EDITORS' NOTES (Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Nancy L. Galambos).

1. What Does It Mean to Be an Adult? The Israeli Experience (Ofra Mayseless, Miri Scharf)
This chapter examines conceptions of adulthood among adolescents, emerging adults, and parents of adolescents in Israel and finds age, gender, and Israeli-U.S. differences.

2. Emerging Adulthood in Argentina (Alicia Facio, Fabiana Micocci)
The authors describe conceptions of adulthood among Argentines in their mid-twenties and also address the question of whether a distinct period of emerging adulthood exists in Argentina.

3. Rites of Passage in Emerging Adulthood: Perspectives of Young Mormons (Larry J. Nelson)
Rites of passage play a role in the transition to adulthood of Mormon college students.

4. Biographical Self-Definitions from Adolescence to Adulthood and Beyond (Heiner Meulemann)
The author uses data from a German longitudinal study to examine the relations among self-identification as an adult at age thirty, selfidentification with adult status at age forty-three, adult worldview at age thirty, and life success at both ages.

5. Conceptions of the Transition to Adulthood Among Emerging Adults in American Ethnic Groups (Jeffrey Jensen Arnett)
The conceptions of adulthood among African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans are similar in many ways to those held by white Americans, but with a number of culturally distinctive differences.

6. Canadian Adolescents' Implicit Theories of Immaturity: What Does "Childish" Mean? (Nancy L. Galambos, Erin V. Barker, Lauree C. Tilton-Weaver)
By focusing on conceptions of immaturity, researchers discover behaviors that Canadian adolescents believe must be left behind on the way to adulthood.

7. Culture and Conceptions of Adulthood (Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Nancy L. Galambos)
This chapter considers cultural similarities and differences revealed in the other chapters in this volume and looks ahead to what has yet to be explored in conceptions of the transition to adulthood.

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