24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development

July 10-14, 2016 | Vilnius, Lithuania

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Emerging Adulthood in Europe: Themes and Variations

The theory of emerging adulthood was proposed in 2000 as a framework for understanding the changes that have taken place in the lives of young people ages 18-29 in developed countries over the past half century, such as longer education, later transition to stable work, and later ages of entering marriage and parenthood.  Although the theory was originally developed in the United States, Europe is perhaps the region where emerging adulthood is most evident as a life stage, in terms of these demographic features. However, Europe is highly diverse, with distinctive regional, national, and cultural variations. This invited symposium will explore some of these variations among European emerging adults, as well as common themes that seem to apply Europe-wide. Northern, Southern, and Eastern Europe will be represented.