Brief report: Danish emerging adults' conceptions of adulthood
Four hundred Danish emerging adults ages 17-29 were surveyed regarding their conceptions of adulthood and their self-assessments of their adult status. A majority of the 17-24-year-olds and nearly half the 25-29-year-olds viewed themselves as being adults in some ways but not others. Participants reported feeling most adult when with co-workers or romantic partners, and least adult with mothers, fathers, or friends. The most widely-endorsed criteria for adulthood were accepting responsibility for one's self, making independent decisions, and becoming financially independent. Among the least-endorsed criteria were the traditional transition events of entering marriage and parenthood, as well as "avoid becoming drunk.".
Journal of Adolescence
conceptions of adulthood, emerging adulthood, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, transition to adulthood, Young adulthood
Arnett, Jeffrey Jensen and Padilla-Walker, Laura M., "Brief report: Danish emerging adults' conceptions of adulthood" (2015). Psychology. 711.