Not Quite Adults

Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It’s Good For Everyone by Richard Settersten, Ph.D., & Barbara E. Ray

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“Why are 20-somethings delaying adulthood?  The media have flooded us with negative headlines about this generation, from their sense of entitlement to their immaturity.  Drawing on almost a decade of cutting-edge research and nearly five hundred interviews with young people, Richard Settersten, Ph.D., and Barbara E. Ray shatter these stereotypes, revealing an unexpected truth: A slower path to adulthood is good for all of us.  Their surprising findings include

  • Young adults who finish college and delay marriage and child-rearing get a much better start to life.
  • Few 20-somethings who live at home are mooching off their parents.  More often, they are using the time at home to gain necessary credentials and save money for a more secure future.
  • Helicopter parents aren’t so bad after all.  Involved parents provide young people with advantages, including mentoring and economic support, that have become increasingly necessary to success.

Not Quite Adults is a fascinating look at an often misunderstood generation.  It’s a must-read for parents, teachers, psychologists, sociologists, and anyone interested in today’s youth culture.” – publisher description

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