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    Richard Settersten, Ph.D.

    Rick Settersten, Ph.D. is Hallie Ford Endowed Chair and professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, and ... Full Bio »

    Barbara E. Ray

    Barbara E. Ray, is a writer and editor living in Chicago. As owner of Hiredpen, Inc., she ... Full Bio »

Click here to read Rick’s Washington Post article (7/22/14):What We Get Wrong about Millennials Living at Home


Involved Parenting Matters—and Why We Should Worry More about Underinvolved Parents

July 16, 2012

(A version of this entry appeared in the New York Times on July 15, 2012)   Before we start lots of handwringing about parents and children today, let’s get a grip: If the 20th century American family were displayed in an animated flipbook, the first pages whizzing by would show large families with many children [...]

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College Debt and the Invisible Hand of Privilege

June 19, 2012

(A version of this entry appeared in The Oregonian, June 17, 2012) College debt is in the news these days as the class of 2012 throws their caps in the air in that springtime middle-class ritual. But there are some dirty secrets about college-going and college debt that families need to know, especially in the [...]

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For Educators: How NOT QUITE ADULTS Can Help

September 26, 2011

It’s back to school. And one of the inescapable burdens of being an educator relates to this simple truth: We grow older, but our students are forever young. It’s a kind of Dorian Gray curse-in-reverse. Yet, as new students file into our classrooms each year, we’re aware of a complementary truth: Just because our students [...]

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Why Do So Many Americans Have It Out for Young People?

April 26, 2011

Why do so many Americans think that kids are going down the drain, despite good evidence that they’re not? That’s a question that Laura Sessions Stepp, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, posed to me in a playful phone conversation last week. Laura had written a column for CNN (“The Kids Are All Right“) in which she’d [...]

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Failure to Change (A New Mantra for Parents)

March 14, 2011

Failure to change leaves us uniquely prepared for a world that no longer exists. One of my colleagues shared that insightful quote in a recent faculty meeting. It’s not only a great mantra for faculty in a university being dramatically reorganized. It’s a great mantra for many of life’s most challenging moments. And it’s especially [...]

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The Real Fast Track

March 6, 2011

Blake (see prior post) has no clue, really, about the fast track. He should talk to “Josh.” Josh called in during a radio show discussion about Not Quite Adults. Man, you so hit it, he said. I’m living proof of the problems of going too fast. I wish I’d heard this show 4 years ago. [...]

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Fast-Tracked for a Slow Path

March 5, 2011

At recent public talks about Not Quite Adults, young people, parents, and educators have lined up to say how much their own experiences fit our research findings, and how comforting it is to have new insights into how and why the course of becoming an adult has changed so dramatically. And along comes “Blake.” He’s [...]

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On “College for All,” Younger Workers, and “Big Citizenship”

February 4, 2011

Check out Barbara’s blog for three great posts from the past week! Throwing Down the Gauntlet on “College for All” “Making Room for Younger Workers, Or Else” and “Be the Change”

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A SLOWER Course, Not a SLACKER Course

January 18, 2011

Last week brought some great coverage in USA Today, the Toronto Star, and the Boston Globe, among others. Not Quite Adults is starting to prompt conversation about young people in our country, which was exactly our hope. But it’s clear that the conversation is not an easy one. It’s quickly driven by politics, values, and [...]

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