Identity in Emerging Adulthood Research Proposal by scribbler

Identity in Emerging Adulthood
A study proposal to explore the link between young adults' employment selection behaviors and their identity development.
# 153460 | 1,011 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2013 in Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues) , Psychology (General)

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This study considers the employment selection behaviors of emerging adults and how they relate to the individual's identity development. The paper looks at the need for the study and describes its design and methodology as well as the interview protocol utilized. The paper provides the justifications for the selection of the interview questions and shows how the employment challenges faced by emerging adults are unique and require further explication.

Area of Study
Need for Study
Study Design/Methodology
Interview Protocol

From the Paper:

"This study considers the employment selection behaviors of emerging adults. Employment selection is a critical element of the development process. It influences and structures the ability to take care of oneself in the present and the future. However, more significantly employment is an indicator of independence and display of the ability to commit to a usually a long-term experience. Independence and commitment are skills that in adulthood can establish the way in which one lives. In this framework, employment can be viewed as one of the indicators that reflect an individual's development in these areas. This is beyond the individuals self-perception that they are not adults (Nelson et al. 2000).
"In the modern context, self-determination requires the individual to have some form of employment and access to legitimate forms capital not for developmental or social reasons but for survival. One of the ways in which an individual can acquire capital is through employment. The mechanism of employment selection has traditionally been tied to academic success, societal experiences to include familial, exposure to specific work options, and life opportunities. These elements can function both independently and interdependently influences the choice of the individual (Vander, Crandall & Crandall 2007). This implies that an individual is shaped and ultimately influenced by external factors as well as internal considerations in decision-making processes."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arnett, J. J. Emerging (2000). Adulthood: A Theory of Development From the Late Teens Through the Twenties American Psychologist 55(5):469-480. DOI: 10.1037//0003- 066X.55.5.469
  • Nelson L. J., Padilla-Walker, L. M., Carroll J. S. Madsen, S. D. Barry, C. M. & Badger, S. (2007). "If You Want Me to Treat You Like an Adult, Start Acting Like One!" Comparing the Criteria That Emerging Adults and Their Parents Have for Adulthood. Journal of Family Psychology 21(4): 665-674.
  • Strauss, A., & Corbin, J. (1990). Basics of qualitative research: Grounded theory procedures and techniques. Newbury Park, CA: Sage
  • Vander Z, James W., Crandall T. l., & Crandall, C. H. (2007). Human development (8th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill.

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