The Clark University Poll of Parents of Emerging Adults
This is the second Clark Poll based on the research of Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ph.D., psychology professor at Clark University, who coined the term "emerging adulthood" to describe the life stage between the late teens and mid/late twenties. In the first poll, young adults spoke out about the issues shaping their lives, and the world in which they live, to offer an illuminating, honest look at the hopes, fears and expectations of this key population.
The new poll gives the parents of emerging adults the chance to have their say. The poll reveals how parents feel about their grown-up children with regard to a wide range of issues, including financial support, what makes a person an adult, moving out of the parents' home, moving back in again, and what the future holds for both parents and child.
About Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is a research professor in the department of psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. Dr. Arnett's primary scholarly interest is in "emerging adulthood," the period from the late teens to the mid-twenties (mainly ages 18-25). For more than a decade he has conducted research on emerging adults concerning a wide variety of topics and involving several different ethnic groups in the United States. He also studied emerging adults in Denmark as a Fulbright Scholar in 2005. Other areas of his research are media uses in adolescence, especially music and advertising, and risk behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood, especially cigarette smoking. In the course of his work on cigarette smoking, he has served as an expert witness against the tobacco companies in numerous court cases, including the multi-state case that led to the largest civil settlement in legal history in 1998.
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett's new book When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? Loving and Understanding Your Emerging Adult (Workman; May 2013) is the first and only parenting guide for this life stage. The book demonstrates why emerging adulthood—which, to parents, may look like flailing—actually helps children become happier, healthier grown-ups.