Team Research on Emerging Adults (REAL)
Emerging adulthood (the time from 18-29-years of age) is a relatively new conceptualization of time in the lifespan that can help explain how young adults are experiencing a time period that is different from previous generations. This has large implications for understanding parent-child relationships during this time. As such, Team REAL examines broad and microlevel sociocultural influences on diverse emerging adults and their relationships with their parents. In two complementary lines of research, this team examines a) parenting practices in relation to emerging adult well-being and adjustment and b) identifies microlevel cultural foundations (i.e., cultural values like familism values and cultural socialization imbued within parenting practices) of the parent-emerging adult child relationship in order to tease apart the construct of “culture.” Together, this team aims to clarify the impact of parenting practices on emerging adults to delineate risk and protective factors for adjustment and well-being.
Students in this team can expect to engage at all points in the research process, including reviewing and discussing relevant research articles, formulating research studies and questions, data collection and recruitment (through daily diary studies, cross-sectional surveys, interviews, and focus groups), analyses, paper writing, and presentations of research findings at regional and national conferences. Students will have a lot of voice in the design of studies. This team will be of particular interest to those that enjoy developmental psychology, family dynamics, and/or cultural research.