Date of Award
Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education
Amira Proweller, PhD
Karen Monkman, PhD
Jeffrey Kuzmic, PhD
Americans born between 1982 and 1995 (the “millennial” generation) are coming of age and entering adulthood during a time of historically significant economic recession. This study uses qualitative data derived from online sources to explore the effect of this experience on the values, feelings, and beliefs of these young adults regarding economic participation, education, and adulthood. Results indicate that millennials feel isolated, ashamed, fearful, and angry about their circumstances. Some feel so hopeless that mental health problems result. The neoliberal ideology widely prevalent in American culture is identified as a strong contributing factor to this situation. Educators are encouraged to recognize this reality and address structural reasons for the situation, alleviating the self-blame and shame young people experience.
Kirmer, Stephanie E., "LIFE ON HOLD: The effect of recession and neoliberalism on millennials’ beliefs about education, economic participation, and adulthood" (2013). College of Education Theses and Dissertations. 53.