The new life stage of emerging adulthood at ages 18-29 years: Implications for mental health
Since 1960 demographic trends towards longer time in education and late age to enter into marriage and of parenthood have led to the rise of a new life stage at ages 18-29 years, now widely known as emerging adulthood in developmental psychology. In this review we present some of the demographics of emerging adulthood in high-income countries with respect to the prevalence of tertiary education and the timing of parenthood. We examine the characteristics of emerging adulthood in several regions (with a focus on mental health implications) including distinctive features of emerging adulthood in the USA, unemployment in Europe, and a shift towards greater individualism in Japan.
The Lancet Psychiatry
Arnett, Jeffrey J.; Žukauskiene, Rita; and Sugimura, Kazumi, "The new life stage of emerging adulthood at ages 18-29 years: Implications for mental health" (2014). Psychology. 712.