Emerging Adulthood

Emerging Adulthood: The transition between adolescence and adulthood?
In James E. Cote’s article, “Emerging Adulthood as an Institutionalized Moratorium,” he discusses Eric Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development and how some 50 years later it appears there is a longer pause between adolescence and adulthood.   I chose this article due to the nature of the title and because of the interesting supporting information which the author provided.   Early adulthood usually begins around the age of 20 to 24 and in this article Cote explains people of this age feel less pressure to have to become adults.   If early adulthood is supposed to be around the early 20’s, we may be discovering there is a new title for the earlier years.   We could call it “Emerging Adulthood” because of the longer pause in which adolescents want to grow up.   I found this to be interesting because clearly there are more lazy teenagers these days and less of them are being forced to get out and get jobs.   Cote blames the economic downfall for one of the reasons why young adults are not able to get good paying jobs that will sustain them financially.  

If I was to have to use this article for a research paper, this would be an extremely informative piece for reference.   There are many statistics to back up the topic at hand.   I believe the discussion is relevant to the subject of issues that arise in social development of adulthood.   With all the problems that occur in an adult life, this article displays a different perspective.   People are less motivated these days, but Cote discusses his take on why this is happening.   I feel I would not have to use further information because he has been so thorough in his writing.   The discussion is of the past and of the current issues with adulthood.   This article would provide me with the tools and statistics I need to prove a theory.  


Côté, J. (2006). Emerging Adulthood as an Institutionalized Moratorium: Risks and Benefits to...