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date: 21 July 2019

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Emerging adulthood is critical for the development and solidification of civic values and commitments. In the midst of exploring employment, relationships, education, and parenthood, young adults question who they are, what they value, and what kind of values they want their society to stand for. According to longitudinal work, the way that individuals wrangle with and take positions on issues that are salient in their early adulthood and the points of view circulating in political discourse at that time shape those individuals’ political positions into midlife. Given the life-long political relevance of emerging adulthood, it is important to examine the opportunities for civic engagement during these years. In this chapter, the authors summarize the current field of civic engagement, explore ways in which civic engagement impacts individual development and functioning, and suggest a set of recommendations for promoting equal opportunities for civic engagement in emerging adulthood and beyond.

Keywords: emerging adulthood, development, civic engagement, political beliefs, values

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