ERIC Number: EJ1033721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
An Institutional Framework for the Study of the Transition to Adulthood
Lee, JoAnn S.
Youth & Society, v46 n5 p706-730 Sep 2014
The transition to adulthood has received the attention of scholars, practitioners, and policy makers in recent years. For some, the transition is an extended period during which commitments to adulthood institutions are delayed, termed emerging adulthood. For others, the transition is brief and commitments to adulthood institutions begin without delay, termed accelerated adulthood. Institutions play an important role in accumulating advantages or disadvantages for individuals, influencing the likelihood of an emerging or accelerated adulthood. This article introduces an institutional framework that explores the link between institutional forces and individual outcomes. This article proposes the concept, institutional constellation, which is the specific set of institutions operating in an individual's life, and their lived experience of/within that institutional constellation. The degree of integration within the institutional constellation and the degree to which the institutional constellation is aligned to dominant social norms influence the resources that will accumulate advantages or disadvantages for an individual.
Descriptors: Models, Individual Development, Adults, Institutional Role, Advantaged, Disadvantaged, Social Behavior, Behavior Standards, Developmental Stages, Socialization, Theories
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