"i don't want to grow up, I'm a [Gen X, Y, Me] kid"

April Smith, Lindsay P. Bodell, Jill Holm-Denoma, Thomas Joiner, Kathryn Gordon, Marisol Perez La Mar, Pamela Keel

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The current studies examined the hypothesis that maturity fears are increasing among undergraduate men and women from the United States over time. Study 1 used a time-lag method to abeb generational effects of maturity fears among a large sample (n = 3291) of undergraduate men and women abebed in 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012. Results revealed that both men and women reported significantly higher rates of maturity fears acrob time. Study 2 replicated these findings, and used a more restricted time frame to more closely examine the rate of change. Undergraduate women (n = 673) were abebed in 2001, 2003, 2009, and 2012. Maturity fears were again found to increase from 2001 to 2012. Recent cohorts of emerging adults seem more reluctant to mature than previous cohorts. Many contributing factors may be at play, including challenging economic times, social prebures to remain youthful, and/or internal fears of abuming increased responsibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-662
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • Emerging adulthood
  • aging
  • aging anxiety
  • college students
  • maturity fears

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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