Early Adulthood in a Family Context by Richard A. Settersten Jr. (auth.), Alan Booth, Susan L.

By Richard A. Settersten Jr. (auth.), Alan Booth, Susan L. Brown, Nancy S. Landale, Wendy D. Manning, Susan M. McHale (eds.)

Early maturity in a relatives Context, in keeping with the 18th annual nationwide Symposium on kin concerns, emphasizes the significance of either the family members of starting place and new and hugely variable sorts of family members formation studies that happen in early maturity. This quantity showcases new theoretical, methodological, and dimension insights in hopes of advancing knowing of the effect of the kin of foundation on teens' lives. either relatives assets and constraints with appreciate to financial, social, and human capital are considered.

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It is important to find opportunities to positively engage these young people and integrate them into mainstream social institutions. College is not the only route to a successful adulthood, but there are few other alternatives – and in our society, anything less than college is interpreted as failure. Youth with bachelor’s degrees clearly have multiple advantages, but the “college for all” mentality does disservice to many youth who simply do not have the intellectual, motivational, and economic resources to complete a 4-year (or more) program of higher education.

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Families on the low end of middle-income seem especially vulnerable – they have some, but not ample, resources, and their incomes are just enough to render them ineligible for government support. The volatile economy has also exacerbated the challenges of young people who are already vulnerable going into adulthood – those whose skills and resources are less than adequate, whose family relationships are absent or fragile, or who have been attached to foster care, special education, or juvenile justice systems and are abruptly cut off from support when they reach the legal ages of adulthood (for a comprehensive review of the challenges of these populations, and programs and policies that affect them, see Osgood, Foster, & Courtney, 2010; Osgood, Foster, Flanagan, & Ruth, 2005).

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