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Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?


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What follows is some of the best and most relevant research available—not about the statistics of college debt or unemployment, but about the psychology of being on the verge of the rest of your life.

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Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?
Henig, Robin Marantz
Henig, Samantha
Hudson Street Press
Child Care and Parenting-General
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
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Grade Level:
from 12
8.44 x 5.5 in 0.56 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
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History and Social Science » American Studies » 80s to Present
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After New York Times Magazine writer Henig penned a piece on 20-somethings that went 'viral,' she teamed up with her 27-year-old daughter, Samantha (NYT Magazine online news editor), to explore the topic in greater depth. The mother-daughter duo covers schooling, career choices, love and marriage, having babies, moving away from home, and other milestones, concluding that many of these issues are now delayed by at least five years. The authors base their findings on an admittedly nonscientific sampling of 127 respondents who answered their questionnaire as well as on current scientific research, and wrap up each chapter with a final judgment on whether the issue is either the 'Same as It Ever Was' (as in friendship and marriage) or 'Now is New' (as in schooling and childbearing). Many of their conclusions resonate with the work of psychologist Jeffrey Arnett, who has argued that there is a new developmental stage called 'emerging adulthood,' characterized by identity exploration, instability, self-focus, feeling in-between, and seeing a sense of possibilities. While Boomers and 'Millennials' have much in common, clearly this generation of 20-somethings confronts some unprecedented difficulties and changes, including escalating college costs and debt, the option to use reproductive technology for later childbearing, and the belief that access to the Internet is a fundamental human need, right up there with air and water. With humor and insight, the authors deftly volley commentary and observation across the generation gap." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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What does it mean to be young today?

In the summer of 2010, Robin Marantz Henig wrote a provocative article for the New York Times Magazine called “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” It generated enormous reader response and started a conversation that included both millennials and baby boomers. Now, working with her millennial daughter Samantha, she expands the project to give us a full portrait of what it means to be in your twenties today.

Looking through many lenses, the Henigs ask whether emerging adulthood has truly become a new rite of passage. They examine the latest neuroscience and psychological research, the financial pressures young people face now, changing cultural expectations, the aftereffects of helicopter parenting, and the changes that have arisen from social media and all things Internet. Most important, they have surveyed more than 120 millennials and baby boomers to give voice to both viewpoints of a conversation that is usually one-sided.

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