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Sex, Crime, Drugs, and Just Plain Stupid Behaviors

The New Face of Young Adulthood in America


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Christopher Salvatore
    Pages 1-7
  3. Christopher Salvatore
    Pages 9-18
  4. Christopher Salvatore
    Pages 55-63
  5. Christopher Salvatore
    Pages 65-72
  6. Christopher Salvatore
    Pages 73-79
  7. Christopher Salvatore
    Pages 81-88
  8. Christopher Salvatore
    Pages 89-92
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 93-98

About this book


Sex, Crime, Drugs, and Just Plain Stupid Behaviors: The New Face of Young Adulthood in America is written for students, parents, and practitioners to provide insight into how emerging adulthood impacts the lives and behaviors of young people. Salvatore provides an insightful examination of the evolution of emerging adulthood as a distinct stage of the life course, bridging the gap between macro-level social forces and micro-level life experiences and behavior. 

Chapters discuss the influence of social institutions such as marriage, the family, religion, and parenting on behavior during emerging adulthood. Exploration and sensation-seeking are examined in relation to the behaviors and identity of emerging adults alongside issues such as criminal offending, substance use, and other risky/dangerous behaviors. Finally, the book concludes with informed policy recommendations for social institutions such as educational establishments and the criminal justice system on how to work with emerging adults. 


substance abuse morality Religious Participation parenting romance education risky behavior dangerous behavior policy criminal offenders Emerging Adulthood identity STDs Dangerous Behaviors Sexual Freedom Women’s Rights Identity Exploration Mental Health Social Bond Juvenile Justice System

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Montclair State UniversityMontclair, NJUSA

About the authors

Christopher Salvatore is an Associate Professor of Justice Studies in the Department of Justice Studies at Montclair State University, USA. His research interests include emerging adulthood, public perceptions of crime, drug treatment, and developmental criminology. 

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