The Emerging Adulthood Period: What is it and how does it impact on the economic participation of young people with intellectual disability?

In this presentation, Jenny Crosbie, will explore how services can be designed to support young people with intellectual disability in the emerging adulthood period of their lives to maximise opportunities for long term economic participation.

The term ‘emerging adulthood’ has been used by Arnett (1999) and others to describe the lifespan period between 18 and 25. This period is used by young people to acquire skills and capabilities, for identity development and to build their independence away from their family in readiness for adult life. Young people with intellectual disability must have the supports they need to make the most of this important period of their life.


Jenny Crosbie PhD Student, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University, Australia

Jenny Crosbie is currently a PhD candidate in the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University. She has worked to support people with intellectual disabilities’ inclusion in community life for over 30 years.
She has a particular interest in understanding and addressing the barriers to economic participation young people with intellectual disability face — in particular barriers at the system level, which limit the opportunities young people have to engage in economic participation activities.
Jenny’s current research seeks to identify factors that promote economic participation for young people with intellectual disability as they transition from school.