Developmental Issues That Come with Emerging Adulthood

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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. Unlike adolescence it is not accompanied by rapid biological changes. There is minimal cognitive growth and change. Around this age, according to Piaget, a person is at the fourth and final stage of cognitive development, “The formal operational stage.” They are able to think abstractly and reason logically. They also have the cognitive ability of hypothetical-deductive reasoning. Cognitively, the most apparent difference between an adolescent and the transitioning young adult is the significant decline in egocentrism. In particular, “The personal fable” which is the part of egocentrism that involves the sense of invincibility or invulnerability that causes them to engage in risky behavior. They no longer have the imaginary audience that results in attention getting behavior and the belief that they are “on stage.” “Taking responsibility for one’s actions and developing emotional control are important aspects of becoming an adult.” (Santrock 418)

“Adolescents try on one face after another, seeking to find a face of their own.”(Santrock 352) Developing ones identity is a long process that is influenced by various aspects of life, such as an individuals family, culture, experiences, religion, personality traits, physicality, and...
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