This paper explores the nature of emerging adulthood in Southern India. Survey data was collected from 450 college students in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India and 100 non-students from rural villages surrounding Coimbatore. Unlike American samples, the majority of the 18- to 26-year-olds studied felt that they had achieved adulthood. The sample emphasized attributes needed to fulfill family roles as characteristics necessary for adulthood. Differences in optimism levels were found between students and non-students. Arnett suggests that emerging adulthood would be affected by cultural influences. The unique cultural and structural influences in India such as, Hinduism, caste, gendered socialization, and the educational system, are discussed as possible explanations for the unique findings.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Seiter, Liann Nicole, "Emerging Adulthood in India" (2009). All Theses and Dissertations. 1978.
adolescent development, adult development, emerging adulthood, India, Tamil Nadu, socialization