Early and Middle Adulthood

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Early and Middle Adulthood
Crystal Hicks
October 6, 2011
Marcy Caldwell
PSY/280
University of Phoenix

Adulthood does not have any sign to declare its presence (as adolescence is declared by puberty). In technologically innovative countries, the life span is greater than age 70. In early adulthood, most individuals are interested in processing the knowledge that it takes to become intimate, these individuals are wanting to form relationships and find the intimate love connection that they are seeking. Some long-term relationships could be being developed during this time, which most likely result in marriage and children. The emerging adult is now also faced with some career decisions.

Choices that concern family and marriage are sometimes during early and middle adulthood. Research shows that divorce is more common among individuals who marry during adolescence, or for people who have parents that are divorced, and for those who differ in age, attractiveness, personality, people that get divorced eventually remarry; so some children may be exposed to having two sets of families. There is also another alternative to getting married; it is called “cohabitation (Berger, 2010).” All this means is an unwed couple that lives and shares space together. The choices that people make concerning their work or career affects every aspect in their lives. It affects friends, job stress, child care, residence location, political values, and many other aspects in one’s life. Income, career longevity, achievement, recognition, satisfaction, security, and challenge are all important factors when looking or finding a job or career.

During middle adulthood, one of the most important challenges is to gain a genuine interest for the welfare of the generations to come. During this stage of life they also develop a need to give back to the world by working and being involved with their families. According to Robert Havighurst, “there are seven major tasks that happen...
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