How do Australian university students understand adulthood?

Weier, Megan and Lee, Christina (2015) How do Australian university students understand adulthood?. Australian Psychologist, 50 2: 157-167. doi:10.1111/ap.12091

Author Weier, Megan
Lee, Christina
Title How do Australian university students understand adulthood?
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9544
Publication date 2015-04-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ap.12091
Volume 50
Issue 2
Start page 157
End page 167
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract The understanding of modern young people's conceptions of adulthood has largely been informed and constructed through the lens of the theory of emerging adulthood. As a consequence, a relatively unquestioned belief is that there has been a trend towards the gradual development of internal, subjective characteristics and away from the attainment of traditional adult roles in emerging adults' conceptions of adulthood. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, we surveyed Australian university students about their understanding of what it means to be an adult. Exploratory factor analysis of the Criteria for Adulthood Scale emphasised family capacities, demographic markers, norm compliance, and “novelty of adulthood,” while qualitative themes emphasised both personal and environmental characteristics. We suggest that rather than being independent, individual development and broad social-environmental trends are likely to be interrelated, and to develop in response to each other over time.
Keyword Criteria for adulthood
Emerging adulthood
Mixed methods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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