The Emergence Of Emerging Adulthood

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Dufilho, Dr. Joanne
Psychology 230
Test 5

Test 5

There are many different cultural factors that have led to the emergence of emerging adulthood (the transition to adulthood has become so delayed and prolonged that it has spawned a new transitional period extending from late teens to the mid- to late-twenties). First, entry-level positions in many fields require more education than they did in the past, prompting young adults to seek higher education in record numbers and thus delaying financial independence and career commitment. Secondly, wealthy nations with longer-lived populations have no pressing need for young people’s labor, freeing those who are financially able for extended exploration.

Intimacy requires that young people redefine their identity to include both partners’ values and interests. Those in their late teens and early twenties frequently say they don’t feel ready for that lasting commitment. Maturity involves balancing these forces. Without intimacy, young adults face the negative outcome of Erikson’s early adulthood stage: loneliness and self-absorption.
Research confirms that, as Erikson emphasized, a secure identity fosters attainment of intimacy. Commitment to personally meaningful values and goals prepares young adults for interpersonal commitments, which increase as early adulthood progresses. Among large samples of college students, identity achievement was positively correlated with fidelity (loyalty in relationships) and love, for both men…
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