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Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Eric W. Cowan

A. Renee Staton


Emerging adulthood, as first proposed by Jeffrey Arnett, is the developmental period spanning ages 18-29. Culturally, it is a time of institutionalized role moratorium, especially in post-industrial societies. Emerging adults share the five characteristics of self-focus, instability, identity explorations, feeling in-between, and a sense of possibilities. Emerging adulthood takes place across racial, cultural, and socioeconomic groups, although the experience of emerging adulthood varies among groups. The present paper provides an overview of the theory of emerging adulthood and its expressions in American society. An original program called “The Something Potluck” is outlined in the Appendix. The Something Potluck is designed to facilitate the developmental growth of emerging adult participants by providing psychoeducation and community support.

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