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Emerging Adult Research Lab

The Emerging Adult Research Lab conducts research with individuals between the ages of 18 and 29, the time period of emerging adulthood. This is a growing area of research interest in human development and family science, encompassing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research among diverse populations. Our goal is to examine emerging adulthood holistically, including both student and non-student populations.

Select Active Research Projects:

  • “The influence of language brokering on parent-emerging adult relationships”

    Using data from the MUSIC Study, this project examines the relationship between frequency of language brokering and relationships with parents.  Preliminary findings using MANOVA and MANCOVA analyses showed that infrequent and frequent language brokers perceived lower levels of nurturance from parents and higher levels of psychological control. Language brokers also reported higher levels of familism and filial piety. Family appears to be very important to language brokers, but parental reliance on children to translate appears to result in a more strained parental relationship.

  • “The Effects of Parenting Style on Emerging Adulthood Emotional Self-Regulation and Identity Development” 

    The purpose of this research is to examine how parenting profiles, identity development, and emotional self-regulation may relate to one another in emerging adulthood. Using an existing dataset of over 10,000 college students, described in Castillo and Schwartz (2013), this research will examine profiles of parenting characteristics and their relationship to emotion self-regulation and identity development. 

  • “A latent profile analysis of emerging adult college student romantic attachment: influences on sexual behaviors, anxiety and depression”

    The goal of this study is to examine connections between Romantic Attachment Style seen in Emerging Adulthood and the outcomes of risky sexual behavior, anxiety and depression. This research project uses data from the Multi-Site University Study of Identity and Culture (MUSIC), which provides a unique, nationally representative sample of college students. Through a latent profile analysis, a four-class solution was selected as it fits with attachment theory and was determined to be the most interpretable. The four classes are: Fearful, Preoccupied, Dismissing and Secure.

Select Publications and Reports:

Speegle, K.C., Barnett, R.V., Forthun, L. & Mastrodicasa, J. (2016). The relationship of motivation and presence of stress and anxiety in emerging adults’ career and romantic exploration. Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry, 1(2). Retrieved from  https://jsai.scholasticahq.com/issue/191.

Jankowski, P.J., Hardy, S.A., Zamboanga, B.L., Ham, L.S., Schwartz, S.J., Kim, S.Y., Forthun, L.F., Bersamin, M.M., Donovan, R.A., Whitbourne, S.K., Hurley, E.A., & Cano, M.A. (2015).  Religiousness and levels of hazardous alcohol use: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44, 1968-1983.

Schwartz, S. J., Hardy, S. A., Zamboanga, B. L., Meca, A., Waterman, A. S., Picariello, S., Luyckx, K., Crocetti, E., Kim, S. Y., Brittian, A. S., Roberts, S. E., Whitbourne, S. K., Ritchie, R. A., Brown, E. J., & Forthun, L. F. (2015). Identity in young adulthood: Links with mental health and risky behavior. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 36, 39-52.

Zamboanga, B.L., Pesigan, I.J.A., Tomaso, C.T., Schwartz, S.J., Ham, L.S., Bersamin, M., Kim, S.Y., Cano, M.A., Castillo, L.G., Forthun, L.F., Whitbourne, S.K., & Hurley, E.A. (2015).  Frequency of drinking games participation and alcohol-related problems in a multiethnic sample of college students: Do gender and ethnicity matter? Addictive Behaviors, 41, 112-116.

Payne Purvis, C.; Barnett, R.V.; & Forthun, L.  (2014)  Parental involvement during adolescence and contraceptive use in college.  Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, 6(2), Article 3.  Retrieved from http://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol6/iss2/3.

Dezutter, J., Waterman, A. S., Schwartz, S. J., Luyckx, K., Beyers, W., Meca, A., Kim, S. Y., Whitbourne, S. K., Zamboanga, B. L., Lee, R. M., Hardy, S. A., Forthun, L. F., Ritchie, R. A., Weisskirch, R. S., Brown, E. J. and Caraway, S. J. (2014). Meaning in life in emerging adulthood: A person-oriented approach. Journal of Personality, 82, 57-68. doi:10.1111/jopy.12033

Funders, Sponsors, and Collaborators:

Funder: USDA/NIFA Hatch REEport project #FLA-FYC-005709

Collaborator:  Dr. Seth Schwartz and the Multi-Site University Study of Identity and Culture (Castillo & Schwartz, 2013)

Collaborator:  Dr. Nino Javakhishvili, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

Principal Investigator:

Larry Forthun, PhD

Current Students:

Katherine Dorman, PhD Student- Cohort 1

Melissa Fenton, PhD Student- Cohort 2

Jane Wilson, PhD Student-Cohort 2

Nicolette Corley, M.S. Student

Merari Flores Saldana, B.S. Student and UF University Scholar

Bailey Bone, B.S. Student

 

Join us:

Dr. Forthun accepts a limited number of undergraduate and graduate students each semester. To apply, please email Dr. Forthun. 

lforthun@ufl.edu

352-273-3528

McCarty Hall D, Suite 3014

PO Box 110310

Gainesville, FL 32611

Principal Investigator:

Larry Forthun, PhD

Current Students:

Katherine Dorman, PhD Student- Cohort 1

Melissa Fenton, PhD Student- Cohort 2

Jane Wilson, PhD Student-Cohort 2

Nicolette Corley, M.S. Student

Merari Flores Saldana, B.S. Student and UF University Scholar

Bailey Bone, B.S. Student

 

Join us:

Dr. Forthun accepts a limited number of undergraduate and graduate students each semester. To apply, please email Dr. Forthun. 

lforthun@ufl.edu

352-273-3528

McCarty Hall D, Suite 3014

PO Box 110310

Gainesville, FL 32611