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date: 24 July 2019

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This chapter examines the role of mental health in emerging-adult development and adjustment describing a stage-specific model of mental health. It first addresses the importance of the mental health needs of emerging adults before considering a model that conceptualizes and measures mental health based on four general approaches: mental health as normality, mental health as a set of personality traits, equating mental health with personal maturity, and considering whether an individual has achieved average development for age and stage. The chapter also explores three hypotheses that scientifically probe associations between criteria of “adulthood” and mental health: social exclusion, social adaptation, and developmental maturation. Finally, it looks at how the theory of emerging adulthood can be used to set the context for conceptualizing not only new social norms, but also new developmental norms, complemented with the concept of “recentering.”

Keywords: mental health, adult development, emerging adults, social exclusion hypothesis, social adaptation hypothesis, developmental maturation hypothesis, theory of emerging adulthood, social norms, developmental norms, recentering

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