Cultural Considerations and Emerging and Young Adulthood

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


A notable feature of emerging and young adulthood is the opportunity for extensive identity explorations in the areas of love and work. A consolidation of identity explorations typically occurs, characterized by “pervasive and often simultaneous contextual and social role changes” (Schulenberg, Sameroff, & Cicchetti, 2004, p. 799). The multiple contexts in which an individual resides determines in part the developmental course of that individual (Arnett, 2000; Bronfenbrenner, 1993). Cultural standards and experiences are particularly salient during emerging and young adulthood (Harding, Leong, & Osipow, 2001; Santrock, 2006). A discussion of cultural factors empowers us to adopt a more nuanced and complete understanding of this dynamic period, whereas exclusion of cultural considerations can lead to a flattened and constricted perspective.


Social Class Young Adulthood Military Service Filial Piety Identity Exploration 
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