All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett first theorized the developmental phase known as “Emerging Adulthood” in May 2000. Arnett argued that emerging adulthood is a distinct phase of life “demographically, subjectively and in terms of identity explorations” for those between the ages of 18 and 25 years old. Now May 2018, the theory itself has reached the age of maturity, bringing us to one important question: Was Arnett right to propose such a stage? EDGE Learning and Wellness answers with a resounding “Yes!”
Over the last 18 years, society has seen greater diversity in young adult living situations, with an even greater degree of independence from social roles and norms. While more 18 to 24-year-olds are going to college, it is in an increasingly non-linear fashion — broken up by periods of work and non-attendance. Additionally, society continues to see an increased delay in what has historically been defined as hallmarks of adulthood: accepting responsibility for one’s actions, independent decision-making skills and financial independence. The overlap between these three hallmarks is crucial. It’s difficult for emerging adults to achieve financial independence when many fail to maintain employment due, in part, to a lack of personal responsibility and poor decision-making skills. With all of these factors in mind, it may actually be fairer to call this period “Exploring Adulthood.”
Should this be surprising? Many young adults feel they live in a grim world and are pessimistic about the future of society. The prevalence of mood disorders and anxiety has also increased. In spite of this trend, EDGE students are optimistic about their potential and ability to reach their goals with the appropriate support (just as Arnett observed with young adults 18 years ago).
EDGE continues to support students as they explore adulthood through coaching and mentoring. Guidance and accountability give students the opportunity to launch as independent young adults with increased confidence, self-determination and experiences, cementing the fact that they can meaningfully contribute to the world in college and beyond.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 - 24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.