About the Clark University Poll
The Clark University Polls offer insights into how emerging adults, parents, and established adults view a distinct developmental life stage, identified by poll director and Clark Psychology Professor Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, who coined the term "emerging adulthood." The Clark Polls consider a wide range of timely topics including financial support, sex and love, parenthood, work-life balance, career/workplace issues and more.
You can access findings below, beginning with the most recent 2015 Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults: Work, Education and Identity, followed by the 2014 Clark University Poll of Established Adults, the 2013 Clark University Poll of Parents of Emerging Adults and the 2012 Clark University Poll of Emerging Adults.
Emerging Adults (ages 21 – 29)
Established Adults (ages 25 – 39)
Parents of Emerging Adults
Most parents and kids still talk more often than text
Parents say they had it tougher as young adults, but share their grown kids' satisfaction with life today and optimism about tomorrow
"I believe that overall my child's life will be better than my life has been."
College send-off can mean missing their BFFs
86% of parents surveyed describe their relationship with their 18- to 29-year-old as a current source of enjoyment.
Emerging Adults getting by with a lot of help from their parents
How much financial support do you provide to your child?
How much financial support did your parents provide when you were in your twenties?
Key to becoming adult? Being responsible for yourself
What is the key to becoming an adult?
Grown kids at home not cramping our style, parents say
Most parents (61%) described their response to their grown kids living at home as "mostly positive."