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How to Connect with Your iTeen by Linda Perlman Gordon, Susan Morris Shaffer

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Preparing for the Next Chapter

The conveyor belt that once transported adolescents into adulthood has broken down.

—Frank Furstenberg, sociologist and researcher

Yes, there is another chapter. It’s called extended adolescence, which transitions into emerging adulthood. Nobody knows exactly how long it lasts, but researchers and parent groups agree that in the United States, it goes on into their children’s twenties, and in Germany and Italy, possibly into their forties. In the United States, according to the latest findings, one in five people in their twenties and early thirties currently lives at home, and 60 percent of all young adults receive ...

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