Early adulthood, the period of time ranging from ages 17 to 24, consists of substantial changes in the daily life of an individual. Within these years, most young adults will finish school and choose to enter the workforce full-time or pursue further education. Regardless of an individual's choice, many aspects of their emotional development will be the same. Theorists place great emphasis on strengthening romantic relationships and defining one's life goals during this period of rapid change.
Emerging Adulthood: Defining the Developmental Stage
Change is inevitable. As humans, we constantly grow throughout our lifespans, from conception to death. Psychologists strive to understand and explain how and why people change throughout life. While many of these changes are normal and expected, they can still pose challenges that people sometimes need extra assistance to manage.
Early adulthood. In early adulthood , an individual is concerned with developing the ability to share intimacy, seeking to form relationships and find intimate love. The young adult is also faced with career decisions. Choices concerning marriage and family are often made during this period. Research shows that divorce is more likely among people who marry during adolescence, those whose parents were divorced, and those who are dissimilar in age, intelligence, personality, or attractiveness.
Age clocks, or the internal sense of timing of physical and social events, determine the various life stages through which adults pass. Although people age at different rates, the majority of Americans, reinforced by social norms, pass through a series of predictable periods. According to Levinson, the ages of 17 to 45 encompass early adulthood, which he divides into the novice phase 17—33 and the culminating phase 33— The culminating phase 33—45 consists of the settling down 33—40 and midlife transition 40—45 stages.