Emerging adulthood - establishing a career. They are...

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“Emerging adulthood” is a relatively new designation for the period of time between the ages of 18 and 25. It has been suggested that many Americans today tend to put off becoming full-fledged adults. What are your views on this new stage? What does it mean to be a “full-fledged” adult? What factors may contribute to postponing being an adult? How might this postponement affect family structure? Explain and support your responses. The time frame in a person’s life from the age of 18 all the way into their mid twenties has always been filled with significant changes. In recent times these changes have become more profound and given the name “emerging adulthood.” In our current society people during this time frame are focusing less on becoming a full-fledged adult, which is believed to mainly include getting married and starting a family right away, and more on
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Unformatted text preview: establishing a career. They are choosing to wait until later in life to “settle down” and are focusing more on casual relationships. I would have to say that I am part of this new trend. I was 31 before I got married. I really don’t have a strong opinion either for or against it but I think one of the biggest issues with this new trend is having children later. For some people the decision to have kids later in life could actually cost them that chance. If a child is conceived after a woman is in her late thirties and on there are increased risks to the mother and birth defects for the child. Also, even though it is possible for a man to father children well into his old age, his fertility decreases after 40. Having children older in life also means that the parents may not be alive to see their grandchildren if this trend stays intact....
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This note was uploaded on 11/24/2010 for the course HUM/114 HUM/114 taught by Professor Gonzales during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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