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

Title: "I don't want to grow up, I'm a [Gen X, Y, Me] kid": Increasing maturity fears across the decades.
Name(s): Smith, April R, author
Bodell, Lindsay P, author
Holm-Denoma, Jill, author
Joiner, Thomas E, author
Gordon, Kathryn H, author
Perez, Marisol, author
Keel, Pamela K, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-11-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: 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 assess generational effects of maturity fears among a large sample (n = 3,291) of undergraduate men and women assessed in 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2012. Results revealed that both men and women reported significantly higher rates of maturity fears across time. Study 2 replicated these findings, and used a more restricted time frame to more closely examine the rate of change. Undergraduate women (n = 554) were assessed 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 pressures to remain youthful, and/or internal fears of assuming increased responsibility.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_29225386 (IID), 10.1177/0165025416654302 (DOI), PMC5718623 (PMCID), 29225386 (RID), 29225386 (EID)
Keywords: Aging, Aging anxiety, College students, Emerging adulthood, Maturity fears
Grant Number: T32 MH093311
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: International journal of behavioral development.
Issue: iss. 6, vol. 41

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Smith, A. R., Bodell, L. P., Holm-Denoma, J., Joiner, T. E., Gordon, K. H., Perez, M., & Keel, P. K. (2017). "I don't want to grow up, I'm a [Gen X, Y, Me] kid": Increasing maturity fears across the decades. International Journal Of Behavioral Development. Retrieved from