The Role of Goals in Navigating Individual Lives During Emerging Adulthood: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, Number 130
December 2010, Jossey-Bass
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The authors in this volume shed light on these key psychological mechanisms by which young people navigate their lives by focusing on the role that goal setting and expectations play in directing emerging adults in the movement across this developmental stage. Considering the complexities and distinctive developmental nautre of this stage, the authors discuss questions such as which goals support and direct development and which may lead to adverse outcomes, and when are continued efforts to attain an aspired goal constructive and when are disengagement and the setting of a new goal preferred.
Based on longitudinal data sets collected in different countries, the authors provide a discussion of these questions and offer new understandings in teh inevitable dilemmas young people face when required to balance between normative expectations and individual aspirations.
This is the 130th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development. The mission of New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development is to provide scientific and scholarly presentations on cutting edge issues and concepts in the field of child and adolescent development. Each volume focuses on a specific "new direction" or research topic, and is edited by an expert or experts on that topic.