emerging adulthood, third decade of life, action, cognitions


The focus of this volume is to bring greater attention to the ways in which many young people flourish during the third decade of life. In doing so, the majority of the chapters have focused on the things that emerging adults do that reflect positive development (e.g., volunteerism, service, political activism, education, preparation for careers). It may be, however, that the very way in which young cognitively approach the third decade might influence whether they flourish or flounder. Also, it may be that how they view adulthood (i.e., the fourth decade of life and beyond) might have bearing on what they do during emerging adulthood. Hence, the purpose of this chapter is to examine some of the cognitions (i.e., attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions) of young people that might be related to flourishing during the third decade of life.

Original Publication Citation

Nelson, L. J., Jorgensen, N. A., Rogers, A. A. (2017). “I think, therefore I do”: Cognitions related to flourishing in emerging adulthood. In L.M. Padilla-Walker and L. J. Nelson (Eds.), Flourishing in emerging adulthood: Positive development during the third decade of life, pp. 244-261. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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Book Chapter

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Oxford University Press




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Family Life

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Full Professor