Life transitions discussed on 'To the Best of my Knowledge'

From leaving your parents to becoming a parent, the transition from adolescence to adulthood is full of choices. Young men and women assume new roles and responsibilities which can be challenging. In the past, this transition was clearly defined. By the age 25, most young people had gone from attending school to starting a family. Today, this is not the case. Over time, the transition from adolescence to adulthood has undergone a transition of its own.

Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests, Karen Fingerman and Wayne Osgood, will discuss the current changes in the transition from adolescence to adulthood on the upcoming edition of "To The Best Of My Knowledge."

The live call-in program airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM.

Karen Fingerman is the Berner-Hanley professor in gerontology, developmental and family studies at Purdue University. Fingerman’s research focuses on social relationships, emotions and aging. She is an elected fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Gerontological Society of America and an editorial board member for the Journal of Marriage and Family, International Journal for Aging and Human Development, and Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Science.

Wayne Osgood is a professor of sociology at Penn State. Osgood’s research focuses on deviant behaviors and delinquency during adolescence. His other research interests include the transition from adolescents to adulthood, in particularly concerning the transition for vulnerable populations. He is currently part of the MacArthur Foundation's Network on the Transition to Adulthood and is also a past member of the National Research Council & Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Science of Adolescence.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or e-mailing during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and -FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 14th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010