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Emergent Adulthood in Lesbian and Gay Lives: Individual Development, Life Course, and Social Change

Bertram J. Cohler and Stuart Michaels

in Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765218
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0008
Emergent Adulthood in Lesbian and Gay Lives: Individual Development, Life Course, and Social Change

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This chapter uses Arnett’s (2000, 2004, 2006a) conception of emergent adulthood as a framework for studying young adulthood among same-sex-attracted men and women. Social change has fostered a delay for many young adults in making the transition from adolescence to settled adulthood. Arnett has termed this new phase in the course of life “emergent adulthood,” a time between adolescence and self-reliant adulthood.

Keywords: young adulthood; gays; lesbians; homosexuals; social change; delayed development; adolescence; Arnett

Chapter.  12258 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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