Dr. Arnett earned a B.S. in psychology from Michigan State University in 1980, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia in 1985 and 1986.
Dr. Arnett is the originator of the theory of emerging adulthood (human development from age 18-29) and has written many articles and books on this topic. In addition to emerging adulthood, his other scholarly interests include media uses in adolescence, the psychology of globalization, and responses to cigarette advertising.
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Arnett, J.J., & Fishel, E. (2013). When will my grown up kid grow up? Loving and understanding your emerging adult. New York: Workman.
Arnett, J.J. (2012). Human development: A cultural approach. New York: Pearson.
Arnett, J.J., Kloep, M., Hendry, L.A., & Tanner, J.L. (2011). Debating emerging adulthood: Stage or process? New York: Oxford University Press.
Arnett, J.J. (2013). The evidence for Generation We and against Generation Me. Emerging Adulthood, 1, 5-10.
Arnett, J.J. (2011). Emerging adulthood(s): The cultural psychology of a new life stage. In L.A. Jensen (Ed.), Bridging cultural and developmental psychology: New syntheses in theory, research, and policy (pp. 255-275). New York: Oxford University Press.
Arnett, J. J. (2010). Adolescence and emerging adulthood: A cultural approach (4th ed.). Boston: Prentice Hall.
Arnett, J. J. (2008). The neglected 95%: Why American psychology needs to become less American. American Psychologist, 63(7), 602-614.
Arnett, J. J. (2008). From “worm food” to “infinite bliss”: Emerging adults’ views of life after death. From theory to research (pp. 231-243). PA: Templeton Foundation Press.
Arnett, J. J. (Ed.) (2007). International encyclopedia of adolescence. New York: Routledge.
Arnett, J. J. (Ed.) (2007). Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Arnett, J. J. (2007). Adolescence and emerging adulthood: A cultural approach (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Arnett, J. J., & Tanner, J. L. (Eds.) (2006). Emerging adults in America: Coming of age in the 21st century. Washington, DC: American Psychogical Association.
Arnett, J. J. (2004). Emerging adulthood: The winding road from the late teens through the twenties. New York: Oxford University Press.
Arnett, J. J. (2002). The psychology of globalization. American Psychologist, 57, 774-783.