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Research has demonstrated that emerging adulthood is a crucial developmental period for ethnic identity exploration

Chaazé P. Roberts, LMFT
• February 28, 2011

Emerging adulthood, a developmental period situated between adolescence and young adulthood, is an “age of explorations:” a time in life in which one of the tasks is to determine who one is and how one fits into society (Arnett, 2000, 2006). The concept of emerging adulthood refers to a period in which young people are legally adult but do not yet see themselves as fully adult, and have not taken on the range of responsibilities that are characteristic of adulthood in developed societies (Arnett, 2000).

Chaazé P. Roberts, LMFT

Community Program Supervisor, Marriage & Family Therapy Program
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