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CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOODThe transition from childhood to adulthood is something most adolescents anticipate andlook forward to in the United States. Independence and emotional autonomy seems to be thatlast transition before a young adult launches into a more independent role. In the United States,one of the first obvious rites of passages include understanding puberty and sexuality. For girls,one first step involves the start of their menstrual period, growing breasts and their bodiesbecoming more womanly in shape. In boys, it may start with erections, masturbation, wetdreams and fantasies involving sex. These developments are normal and mark an obvious steptoward autonomy. More common U.S. rites of passages include obtaining a driver’s license,high school graduation and leaving home to attend college. “While less rooted in tradition, the16thbirthday is nonetheless an important one for American youth, as it marks the time when theyare legally permitted to drive a car (and with driving comes big-time freedom) (Pfeffer & Nunez,2016). Often, young boys will rely on someone older such as an uncle, cousin or even a coach toteach him about life’s expectations. At various stages in during this change, young men andwomen will begin to solidify stronger romantic relationships. From dating to becoming engagedand eventually marriage would be the expected norm. Once married, it is common for couples tobegin thinking of having children of their own. Society places an expectation on children toeither attend college and enter the workforce or both. There’s a wide spectrum of individualdifferences with these traditions that may depict when they occur. Different cultures, religions,individual preferences, and social classes can influence these transitions. USA RITES OF PASSAGESAs parents, we are typically proud of these continuous milestones; however, it can alsobring about a mild sadness that the end of our responsibility as a parent is winding down.Traditionally, this change occurs around the age of eighteen. This is the age a minor in ourcountry become a a legal adult and parents can no longer be held responsible for their actions.Young adults are now at liberty to demonstrate their independence, enjoy freedom, possiblyexperience different living quarters, separate from their parents, and start supporting themselvesfinancially. CONTRASTThough the level of independence society expects from adolescents in the United States,this might differ from other cultures, as they are more apt to keep family members together.Multigenerational households can be found in countries such as Taiwan, China, Mexico, Korea,South Africa and Philippines to name a few. It would not be uncommon for people from thesecountries, who have come to reside in the United States to still maintain these traditions. Thesecultures tend to provide a continuous support to their children (Argosy University Classroom,2016). In these cultures, unlike the U.S. traditions, family generations play an active role in