The Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults
The Clark Poll surveyed more than 1,000 young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 to determine their views on a variety of subjects including work and the economy; love, sex and marriage; use of social media; relations with parents; and what it means to be an adult. Respondents come from a range of social, ethnic and educational backgrounds, as well as geographic regions across the United States.
The poll is 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. Young adults speak 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.
Read Jeffrey Jensen Arnett's report [PDF], which details the findings of the Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults on everything from how young adults approach issues of career, education and romance to how they envision the future.
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In the Media
Daily News (New York)
Most young adults expect marriage to last a lifetime
"Many 'emerging adults' are not there yet"
"Half Of Young Adults Do Not Feel They've Reached Adulthood: Survey"
Wisconsin Public Radio
"Emerging Adults Not Adults?"
WLLP TV 22News (Springfield, MA)
"Growing up is hard to do"