October 9-11, 2013
Chicago, Illinois


SSEA Master Lectures

Identity in Emerging Adulthood: A Multidimensional Developmental Task
Seth Schwartz, Ph.D.

Thursday, October 10th

Seth Schwartz, Ph.D.Developing a sense of identity has long been considered as a fundamental developmental task of adolescence and emerging adulthood. However, what is meant by “identity” is far from clear. Dr. Schwartz will discuss the various literatures on identity and ways to integrate them into a coherent metaconstruct in the service of helping emerging adults from diverse backgrounds to make sense of themselves and their lives. Research supporting the importance of identity for emerging adults’ mental health will be reviewed.

Dr. Seth J. Schwartz is Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. He has a master’s degree in family and child sciences from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Florida International University. His research interests include personal and cultural identity, immigration and acculturation, health risk behavior, well-being, and parenting and family functioning. He has 165 scholarly publications and has been principal investigator of three grant awards from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Schwartz is a founding member of SSEA.

To learn more about Dr. Schwartz, please visit www.sethschwartz.info.

Selected Publications:

Schwartz, S.J., Zamboanga, B.L., Luyckx, K., Meca, A., & Ritchie, R.A. (2013)
Identity in Emerging Adulthood: Reviewing the Field and Looking Forward.Emerging Adulthood, 1(2), 96-113.


Sexual Health in Emerging Adulthood:
Characteristics, Predictors, and Outcomes
Eva Lefkowitz, Ph.D.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Eva Lefkowitz, Ph.D. The drive for sexual experiences is a basic human drive, but most research on sexual experiences focuses on the prevention of sexual behavior or of associated unwanted outcomes. Dr. Lefkowitz will discuss the importance of approaching sexual health from a more integrated, normative framework, including best practices in studying sexual health. She will draw on recent research to summarize characteristics of sexual health in emerging adulthood, some predictors of sexual behaviors, and consequences of sexual behaviors.

Dr. Eva S. Lefkowitz is an associate professor and Professor-in-Charge of the Graduate Program in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on sexuality during adolescence and emerging adulthood. She takes a developmental approach to studying sexual health, incorporating both sexual development and risk perspectives. She is a Founding Executive Council Member of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, and chairs the Membership Committee of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

Selected Publications

Lefkowitz, E. S., Gillen, M. M., & Vasilenko, S. A. (2011). Putting the romance back into sex: Sexuality in romantic relationships. In F. D. Fincham & M. Cui (Eds.), Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood (pp. 213-233). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Lefkowitz, E. S., & Espinosa-Hernandez, G. (2007). Sex-related communication with mothers and close friends during the transition to university. Journal of Sex Research, 44, 17-27.

Lefkowitz, E. S. (2005). "Things have gotten better": Developmental changes among emerging adults after the transition to university. Journal of Adolescent Research, 20, 40-63.