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Exploring the Mind | Failure to Launch or Developmental Launching Pad? Navigating the Transition to Adulthood in the 21st Century


Monday February 24, 2020: 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


Join Dr Kathleen M. Jodl from the University of Michigan Department of Psychology to learn about the impact of a slower transition to adulthood, and leave with some practical advice on how to best support young adults as they navigate this phase in their lives.

What is it about twentysomethings today? Popular media portray young adults as selfish slackers who never want to grow up. Although the concept of delayed adulthood has some basis in reality, it can be argued that an extended period of exploration might be adaptive in the 21st century. In this talk, we will explore the impact of this slower transition to adulthood on the health and well-being of youth today as well as the diversity of their experiences as they seek to define themselves. 

Kathleen M. Jodl is the Jacquelynne S. Eccles Collegiate Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She joined the Michigan community in 1997 after earning her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia. Her research interests focus on family influences on adolescent development and the transition to adulthood. Over the last 10+ years, Dr. Jodl has taught thousands of undergraduates in a wide range of courses at UM including a gateway course in developmental psychology, social development, and a popular seminar on emerging adulthood. She brings a wealth of hands-on experience “living the dream” as the mother of four young adults ranging in age from 15 to 21 years.

This program is in partnership with The University of Michigan Department of Psychology.