Student Culture, Trends & Issues

The 5 Main Features of Emerging Adulthood

In his book, Emerging Adulthood, Jeffrey Arnett identifies 5 main features of Emerging Adulthood:

  1. It is the age of identity explorations, of trying out various possibilities, especially in love and work.
  2. It is the age of instability.
  3. It is the most self-focused age of life.
  4. It is the age of feeling in between, in transition, neither adolescent nor adult.
  5. It is the age of possibilities, when hopes flourish, when people have an unparalleled opportunity to transform their lives.

So which of these features do you see most obviously in your students this year?

And how are these features shaping your conversations (and ministry efforts) with the students on your campus?