Kelsie L. Miller
Predictors of Positive Development in Emerging Adulthood
In this article, the author discusses important issues regarding the development of an adult. They mention several groups and things that influence a young adult’s behavior and the way they behave and things that can have both negative and positive effects on an adult. Within the text, I found good information on early adulthood as well as studies to give evidence to their statements. It is easily broken up into categories with each influencing category which is then backed up with its reasoning, studies, and facts. One of the influencing groups this article mentions is community-level factors. This would be groups in your community such as church, youth programs, reading groups, bible study, and so on. They state that those adults that are more involved with their community are more likely to have a better academic outcome in the future. This can affect their career and even stress levels. This relates closely to the generativity-vs.-stagnation stage where sense of contribution to continuity of life is increased and making you feel better about yourself by contributing to the community. This article states that adults that have positive relationships in their life, especially with parents and family, tend to have a more positive development then those who don’t. This relates to chapter 8 in our text books where you experience the intimacy-vs.-isolation stage which is where you develop loving, sexual relationships and close friendships. If you don’t have good relationships, you tend to fear them and in turn become isolated. The third influencing factor they mention is individual characteristics and how a person’s own behavior can change the way they develop. This is something can be influencing on an adult and different ages of their life. For example, as chapter 8 states, the adolescence age is where you can experience the identity-vs.-role confusion...
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