Adolescence And Adulthood : The Period Between ' Adolescence ' And ' Adulthood '

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In the modern era, categorising the period between ‘adolescence’ and ‘adulthood’ is fraught with difficulties. Social and economic changes have caused a shift in when young people are reaching the traditional ‘adult’ milestones (Drewery & Claiborne 2014), yet this does not mean that adolescence is lasting longer. Human services generally refer to the ages of 18-25 as ‘youth’, while theorists generally describe people aged in their 20’s as ‘young adults’ (Drewery et al 2014). Arnett (2004) refers to this period as ‘emerging adulthood’: this stage holds increasing independence and as such is not an extension of adolescence, though is not quite ‘young adulthood’ as the traditional measures such as marriage and parenthood are being reached later in life. As such, emerging adulthood has become a particularly unique and interesting life stage; it is a stage that is influenced more by social, economic and cultural factors than individual physical and psychological changes. This is a time of more freedom compared to previous generations, as modern young adults (in western contexts) have the privilege to hold out on settling down until they find employment and relationships that are fulfilling (Arnett 2004). However, it is also a time of increased anxiety and instability as they are more likely to have more career changes and unstable employment (Arnett 2004). This paper will refer to this stage as ‘emerging adulthood’, and will outline some of the factors that have influenced this…

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