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ERIC Number: EJ820940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8449
Emerging Adult versus Adult Status among College Students: Examination of Explanatory Variables
Blinn-Pike, Lynn; Worthy, Sheri Lokken; Jonkman, Jeffrey N.; Smith, G. Rush
Adolescence (San Diego): an international quarterly devoted to the physiological, psychological, psychiatric, sociological, and educational aspects of the second decade of human life, v43 n171 p577 Fall 2008
The first purpose of this study was to report how many college students, 18 to 25 years of age, are classified as "emerging adults," "undecideds" or "adults." The second purpose was to determine the relationships between emerging adults versus adults and (a) background characteristics, (b) risk-taking behaviors; (c) sensation-seeking scores, and (d) income. A survey was administered to a total of 450 students enrolled in psychology classes in a southern state. Based on responses to four questions, 186 (41%) were emerging adults, 148 (33%) undecided, and 116 (26%) adults. Adult status was not significantly associated with gender or parenthood. Adults were more likely to be African-American and low income and were less likely to consume alcohol, binge drink, smoke cigarettes, and gamble. In addition, adults had significantly lower disinhibition scores than emerging adults. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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