Social Development Research

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Social development starts in a child and the nature of a child’s early social development provides the foundation for social relationships that will last a lifetime. Intimacy and identity are often described as the main criteria for reaching psychological maturity in early adulthood. However, social development in adulthood refers to transitions that are qualitative and more profound. It is more commonly seen as the launching of oneself out of their childhood home; away form their parents, and moving out into the world on their own. For a young adult there is a strong desire to succeed and become socially independent. Adulthood can be marked by leaving home, finishing school, becoming financially independent, getting married, and/or having a child and starting your own family.

Frank Furstenberg, the author of Passage to Adulthood, states a very true factor in the social development in adulthood, “Family support is often essential in making a successful transition to adulthood.” The article also says that social and demographic trends have had an impact on the age at which a person is considered to have passed into adulthood. In the past century the amount of jobs in the U.S. had become scarce. Thus, the amount of young adulthoods living home is also decreasing. Figure 1.1 of the Passage to Adulthood shows the difference in percentages between men and women from 1960 to 2000 in their adult transition. For 20 year old men in 1960 the percentage was at 9 percent; however in 2000 the percentage dropped to 2 percent. For men at age 30 in 1960 the percentage was at 65 and in 2000 the percentage dropped to 31. The percentage rate for women in 1960 to 2000 is very similar to men, whereas the percentages dropped more than half.

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