Special Issue of Emerging Adulthood

Special Issue of EMERGING ADULTHOOD Self and Identity in Emerging Adulthood: Common themes and diversity in domains Guest editors: Oana Negru-Subtirica, Elisabetta Crocetti, & Seth Schwartz

The guest editors and the Emerging Adulthood journal announce the launch of a special issue on “Self and Identity in Emerging Adulthood: Common themes and diversity in domains”, open for participants to the Thematic Conference of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA), to be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (17-19 May 2018).


Special Issue Topic

Self and identity formation represent core tasks of emerging adulthood (Arnett, 2000). Indeed, in this period young people can question their adolescent choices, explore new options, and enact commitments toward adult roles. This process is very challenging, as it involves multiple identity domains, such as domains related to job prospects (e.g., educational, job, vocational, career, and financial identity), to interpersonal and group relationships (e.g., interpersonal, social, ethnic, and sexual identity), to values and worldviews (e.g., moral, religious, and spiritual identity), and to citizenship (e.g., civic and political identity). This special issue is aimed at bringing together multiple identity perspectives to highlight how emerging adults form their identity in different domains.

Eligibility criteria for being considered for the special issue are as follows:
• Only contributions presented at the thematic conference on Self and Identity conference (17-19 May 2018, Cluj-Napoca, Romania) will be considered for this special issue.
• The first author of the proposal should be a SSEA member.
• Both empirical studies and theoretical/review papers can be submitted.
• Both quantitative and qualitative papers as well as studies using mixed methods are welcomed.
• The paper should focus on some aspect of identity development, broadly defined.
 • We especially encourage submissions from regions outside the United States. Schedule
• December 2017: Release of the Call for papers
• May 31, 2018: Abstracts (Two-page abstracts; approximately 700 words) must be submitted to receive preliminary feedback on suitability.
• June 30, 2018: Potential authors will be notified whether a full paper/brief report would be considered for review.
• October 31, 2018: Deadline for manuscript submission.
• All submitted papers will undergo the journal’s regular peer review process. An invitation to submit a full paper is thus not a guarantee of acceptance.

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