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From Adolescence to Adulthood in the Vietnam Era


  • Represents a long-term study (approximately 8 years) and provides a detailed examination of the psychological and social worlds of male adolescents who came of age during the latter part of the Vietnam War


About this book


Children born during the post-WWII era of peace and prosperity entered history at a time dominated by I-Like-Ike politics and domestic security. As they approached adolescence, however, their world was shaken by major cultural, economic, social, and political upheaval. And although it was time of great innovation and progress, a sense of chaos and bitterness began to envelop the country. It was the ‘60s. For many Americans, a mere mention of this decade evokes an extraordinary time and place in the country’s - and their own - history.

Adolescents who had been enjoying the technological and medical advances of the era - television, drive-in movies, rock-and-roll, vaccinations that prevented once-incurable diseases - now were also experiencing the fallout from the Civil Rights Movement, domestic terrorism, stagflation, and (perhaps most significant) the Vietnam War.

From Adolescence to Adulthood in the Vietnam Era provides a unique, detailed, long-term study of the psychological and social worlds of male adolescents who were on the cusp of adulthood as the 1960s were ending. This longitudinal analysis follows adolescent boys who graduated with the class of 1969 and transitioned into adulthood either through military service, full-time employment, or college life. The results examine the different pathways these boys chose and the affect these choices had on their transition from adolescents to young adult men.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteIndiana

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title From Adolescence to Adulthood in the Vietnam Era
  • Authors Timothy J. Owens
  • Series Title Longitudinal Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences An Interdisciplinary Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-22786-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-3559-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-22787-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 195
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Child and School Psychology
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