The Journal of Adult Development is an interdisciplinary journal covering development in early adulthood, midlife, and later adulthood. The Journal supports innovative theoretical and empirical articles that help direct the future of our field. Critical issues include the importance of life-long education, work and family changes, and physical and mental health influencing adult development. In addition, the impact of personality, emotions, cognition, and biomarkers are areas of interest. The Journal of Adult Development emphasizes the importance of interindividual differences and contextual issues influencing adult development. Interventions that promote optimal development throughout the adult life span are also welcome.

  • Peer-reviewed research on biological, psychological and socio-cultural development in young, middle, and late adulthood
  • Presents developments in basic and applied research, and quantitative and qualitative approaches to inquiry
  • Covers acquisition of moral principles; development of the ego; relationships across the lifespan, and more

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  • Peter Martin
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1.909 (2020)
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1.960 (2020)
Five year impact factor
63 days
Submission to first decision
266 days
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101,872 (2020)

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  • Call for Papers: Special Issue on Established Adulthood

    The period of the adult lifespan from age 30 to 45, recently conceptualized as established adulthood (Mehta et al., 2020), has been under-investigated. This special issue aims to bring together research on this newly conceptualized period. Papers may utilize qualitative or quantitative methodology, and may focus on any area of research or theory related to the experiences of this group. We encourage work that highlights the distinctiveness of established adulthood from emerging adulthood and midlife and papers that focus on the Career-and-Care-Crunch of competing work and family responsibilities. We also encourage papers that consider variations in the timing and experience of established adulthood, including variations by race/ethnicity, gender, culture, and social class. 

    Guest Editors:  Clare M. Mehta, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
    Submission Deadlines: Letter of Intent due January 30, 2021; Invitations to Submit due March 11, 2021; Full Manuscript Submissions due August 3, 2021. 

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