About the Clark University Polls
The Clark University Polls offer insights into how emerging adults, parents, and established adults view these distinct developmental life stages, identified by poll director and Clark Psychology Professor Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, who coined the term "emerging adulthood."
Below are findings from the 2012 Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults (18- to 29-year-olds) and Clark University Poll of Parents of Emerging Adults (2013).
Clark University recently conducted the 2014 Poll of Established Adults (ages 25 to 39) and findings will be published here soon.
Most parents and kids still talk more often than text
Parents say they had it tougher as young adults, but share their grown kids' satisfaction with life today and optimism about tomorrow
"I believe that overall my child's life will be better than my life has been."
College send-off can mean missing their BFFs
86% of parents surveyed describe their relationship with their 18- to 29-year-old as a current source of enjoyment.
Emerging Adults getting by with a lot of help from their parents
How much financial support do you provide to your child?
How much financial support did your parents provide when you were in your twenties?
Key to becoming adult? Being responsible for yourself
What is the key to becoming an adult?
Grown kids at home not cramping our style, parents say
Most parents (61%) described their response to their grown kids living at home as "mostly positive."
Parents welcome emerging adults back to the nest
Findings from the 2012 Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults: