Christian Smith

in Lost in Transition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199828029
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919475 | DOI:

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts. Building on previous studies of emerging adults by other scholars, this book has shown that the passage of American youth moving from the teenage years toward full adulthood today is often confusing, troubled, and sometimes dangerous. Many who make this passage find themselves disoriented, wounded, and sometimes damaged along the way. In the popular imagination, these early adult years are filled with youthful fun and freedom enjoyed in the prime of life. For some, this image is true. The actual reality for many, however, is instead one of personal struggle, confusion, anxiety, hurt, frustration, and grief. Some emerging adults of course sail through these years unscathed. But many suffer wounds in body and soul, in their relationships, and in their chances for leading good lives.

Keywords: emerging adults; young people; American youth; relationships

Chapter.  8400 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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