Understanding People - Early Adult

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Understanding People
Early Adult: 22 – 40 Years


“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man I put the ways of childhood behind me.” 1Cor 13:11

March 28, 2016

Parents drill in a child's head that we have arrived at eighteen. That's the golden age. We are lead to believe we are grown, free to set our own rules and live life as we chose. You are a lady or a young man. As if to imply an individual has reached the end of a stage. I thought I would no longer have to complete my house chores but I almost got knocked down. Developmental theorist say it is in fact the beginning of early adulthood. Adults are in transition. In spite of the young adult’s proclamation of being grown, they are still developing and growing in many facets of life. Theorists such as Egan, Levinson, Sell, Sheehy, and Gilligan expressed beliefs of adult’s transitional stage (Fawcett, p69). Early adult (some call it pre-adult or young adult), range between ages eighteen to forty. Some theorist began as early as eighteen to thirty-five. For the purpose of this paper I will use the referenced author age range, which is age twenty-two to age forty.
This paper will expand on the definition of early adulthood by unpacking the various definitions and theories concepts. I will further explore that perspective as well as other theorist perspective such as Erik Erickson and Jean Piaget. And finally end with some closing remarks. As I mentioned before different theorists varies from the beginning and end of early adults but all cover the range of eighteen through forty.
Definitions of adulthood in the United States differ according to state law and policy. Although most states set the age of majority at eighteen, the legal age for purchasing is twenty-one (Institute of Medicine & National Research…...

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