Oxford University Press Book Series on Emerging Adulthood

Emerging Adulthood Book Series Sponsored by Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is sponsoring a book series on emerging adulthood edited by Dr. Larry J. Nelson. The focus of the series is on flourishing (i.e., factors that lead to positive, adaptive development during emerging adulthood and the successful transition into adult roles) and floundering (i.e., factors that lead to maladaptive behaviors and negative development during emerging adulthood as well as a delay and difficulty in transitioning into adult roles) in the diverse paths young people take into and through the third decade of life. Too often the diversity of individual experiences is forgotten in academic attempts to categorize a time period generally. Indeed, the scholarly examination of emerging adulthood has not always attempted to capture and explain the within-group variation that exists among emerging adults, often making the broad generalization that they are a relatively homogenous group. For example, emerging adults have been categorically referred to as “narcissistic,” “refusing to grow up” and “failed adults.” Although there certainly are emerging adults who fit the profile of selfish, struggling, and directionless, there are others who are using this period of time for good (i.e., individual growth, contributions to society, etc.). Indeed, there is great diversity of individual experiences in emerging adulthood. This series provides a platform for an in-depth, comprehensive examination into some of the key factors that seem to be influencing, positively or negatively, young people as they enter into and progress through the third decade of life and the multiple ways in which they may flourish or flounder. Furthermore, the series attempts to examine how these factors may function differently within various populations (i.e., cultures, students vs. non-students, men vs. women, etc.). Finally, the series provides a platform for a multi-disciplinary (e.g., fields ranging from developmental psychology, neurobiology, education, sociology, criminology) and multi-method (i.e., information garnered from both quantitative and qualitative methodologies) examination (via both edited and authored books) of issues related to flourishing and floundering in emerging adulthood.
The first book to be published in the series was edited by Drs. Carolyn McNamara Barry and Mona M. Abo-Zena entitled Emerging adults’ religiousness and spirituality: Meaning-making in an age of transition. [For those who are interested in this book, Oxford University Press has provided the following discount code (ASPROMP8) for 30% off the book at their website (www.oup.com/us).] Forthcoming books include Developing mental health in emerging adulthood, edited by Dr. Jennifer L Tanner, Flourishing in emerging adulthood: Positive development during the third decade of life, edited by Drs. Laura M. Padilla-Walker and Larry J Nelson, and The marriage paradox: Why emerging adults love marriage yet push it aside, edited by Drs. Brian J. Willoughby and Spencer L. James. A number of additional titles and authors will be announced soon.
Dr. Nelson encourages scholars from all disciplines who study topics related to flourishing and floundering during the third decade of life to contribute to the series. The guidelines for author submissions can be found here. In addition, Dr. Nelson (larry_nelson@byu.edu) is happy to discuss possible book ideas prior to the proposal being formally submitted and to provide additional details about the series and/or submission process.
Again, the series provides a publication venue that allows for an in-depth, multi-disciplinary, and multi-method examination into key factors that influence the third decade of life. Hence, those in a variety of fields studying a variety of topics are encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration. It is Dr. Nelson’s hope that the series will help scholars, practitioners, students, and others better understand flourishing and floundering in the lives of young people in the various paths they may take to adulthood and, in doing so, potentially help individuals thrive during this period of their lives and beyond.