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date: 23 September 2019

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Researchers have increasingly identified the ages of 17–23 as a separate developmental stage, referred to as “emerging adulthood,” distinct from our understanding of what it is to be in adolescence or to have reached adulthood. This chapter extends and deepens what is known about treating adults and middle adolescent patient populations to clarify the practice parameters in treating the late adolescent/emerging adult (LA/EA). With a focus on sleep disorders that will appear in this population, the chapter also highlights important developmental elements such as the LA/EA’s consideration of risk and reward, approaches to decision making, and goal-directed behaviors. Both practical and contextual aspects of clinical practice are outlined for the clinician with respect to the unique demands of this clientele.

Keywords: adolescence, late adolescence, emerging adulthood, sleep disorders, young adult, risk, reward, decision making

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