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Note. The percentages indicate the percentage of participants who mentioned each criterion in response to the interview question indicated. The numbers under Rank indicate the rank-order of prevalence for each criterion for each interview question (with tied rankings indicated by dashes, e.g., 12-13). For "Personal Conception," the whole question was "Do you feel like you have reached adulthood? In what ways do you feel you have or have not?" For the "Man-Boy/Woman-Girl" question, the whole question was "What would you say makes a person a woman, as opposed to a girl? What would you say makes a person a man, as opposed to a boy?" For this question, males were asked the man-boy part first and females were asked the woman-girl part first. Because the majority (72%) of the participants indicated that the criteria were the same for males and females, only the first part of this question was coded (man-boy for males, woman-girl for females).

Note. The percentages indicate the percentage of participants who mentioned each criterion in response to the interview question indicated. The numbers under Rank indicate the rank-order of prevalence for each criterion for each interview question (with tied rankings indicated by dashes, e.g., 12-13). For "Personal Conception," the whole question was "Do you feel like you have reached adulthood? In what ways do you feel you have or have not?" For the "Man-Boy/Woman-Girl" question, the whole question was "What would you say makes a person a woman, as opposed to a girl? What would you say makes a person a man, as opposed to a boy?" For this question, males were asked the man-boy part first and females were asked the woman-girl part first. Because the majority (72%) of the participants indicated that the criteria were the same for males and females, only the first part of this question was coded (man-boy for males, woman-girl for females).

For all criteria, more participants endorsed specific criteria on the questionnaire than mentioned those same criteria in the interview. This is a predictable consequence of the two different methodologies—people are likely to check off more criteria on a questionnaire than they are to mention spontaneously in an interview. Nevertheless, the convergence of findings using the two methodologies testifies to the robustness of the results. With both methods, accepting responsibility for one's self, independent decision making (deciding specifically on beliefs and values, on the questionnaire), and financial independence ranked highest.

The questionnaire findings and coded interview responses confirmed the results of previous studies with respect to the criteria viewed as the most important markers of the transition to adulthood. Now we turn to examples from the interviews, to explore how emerging adults explain the importance of these criteria and how they apply them to their own lives.

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