By Elan C. Hope, PhD, Lori S. Hoggard, PhD, and
The transition from adolescence to adulthood
has unique physiological, psychological and
sociopolitical consequences for African-
Alvin Thomas, PhD
CE credit: 1
1. Describe how racial discrimination is both an institutional and
2. Identify physiological, psychological and sociopolitical consequences of
3. Identify practices and programs that promote wellness and positive
development for African-American emerging adults.
Emerging adulthood, ages 18 to 29, is a critical developmental period bridging adolescence and adulthood. During this phase, individuals further develop their identities through education,
vocation, relationships and culture.
But for African-Americans, these critical life events occur in the context
of systematic and institutional racial discrimination that disadvantages
them. African-American youth experience residential segregation and
aggressive policing, and are less likely than other emerging adults to attend