Developmental Issues That Come with Emerging Adulthood
Topic- Developmental issues that come with emerging adulthood (Transition from adolescence to young adulthood) Adolescence is the transitional period in a persons life time that links childhood and adulthood. The factors that influence development during adolescence include genetic/biological and environmental/social. There are many developmental issues that take place during the transition from an adolescent to a young adult. The issues of emerging adulthood(18-25) are characterized by new experiences, experimentation, exploration as well as new developmental tasks. In western society, the most fundamentally significant experience is the transition from high school to higher education. This marks the beginning of young adulthood.
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Lastly, emerging adulthood is “the age of possibilities.” Some individuals are positive and optimistic about their future. Some had a more difficult development during adolescence or childhood so they see this new age as an opportunity or a step in a more positive direction. The three assets that are especially important in determining the well-being during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood is intellectual, psychological, and social. Psychologically an individual should be confidant in their mental health, motivation, identity, and values. It is important to find a healthy way to cope with stress and anxiety. Excess stress can lead to problem behavior such as drinking, doing drugs, eating disorders and smoking cigarettes. “Todays college students experience more stress and are more depressed then in the past.”(Santrock 419) Academic circumstances puts pressure on the students to succeed and turns the class environment into a competition. Personal circumstances also cause much conflict and effect motivation. Erikson once said, “We are what we love.” Once you’ve found your identity, Forming close relationships and falling in love is very important in socioemotional development in emerging adults. Intimacy is finding oneself while losing yourself in another person. According to Erikson, the next developmental stage is “Intimacy vs isolation.” If an individual does