Title

An Examination of Emerging Adulthood in College Students and Nonstudents in India

Keywords

emerging adulthood, conceptions of adulthood, Asians/Asian Americans, college issues

Abstract

The study examined Indian college students and nonstudents aged 18 to 26 to examine (a) whether they feel they are adults (i.e., “age of feeling in-between”), (b) the criteria they deem necessary for becoming adults, and (c) the extent to which they feel optimistic about their future (e.g., “age of possibilities”). Participants included 478 college students in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India and 100 nonstudents from rural villages surrounding Coimbatore. Results revealed that the majority of the 18- to 26-year-olds studied felt that they had achieved adulthood. Participants emphasized attributes needed to fulfill family roles as characteristics necessary for adulthood. Differences in optimism levels were found between students and nonstudents. 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.

Original Publication Citation

*Seiter, L., & Nelson, L. J. (2011). An examination of emerging adulthood in college students and non-students in India. Journal of Adolescent Research, 26, 506-536.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2010-12-06

Publisher

Journal of Adolescent Research

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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