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Young Adults

 

Young Adults range from 21-32 years of age

 

Health: Young/prime adulthood can be considered the healthiest time of life and young adults are generally in good health, subject neither to disease nor the problems o fsenescence. Biological function and physical performance reach their peak from 20–35 years of age, waning after 35. Strength peaks around 25 years of age, plateaus through 35–40 years of age, and then declines. Flexibility also decreases with age throughout adulthood. However, there are large individual differences and a fit 40-year-old may out-compete a sedentary 20-year-old.

Early Adulthood: According to Erikson, in the wake of the adolescent emphasis upon identity formation, ‘the young adult, emerging from the search for and insistence on identity, is eager and willing to fuse his identity with that of others. He [or she] is ready for intimacy, that is, the capacity to commit…to concrete affiliations and partnerships To do so means the ability ‘to face the fear of ego loss in situations which call for self-abandon: in the solidarity of close affiliations, in orgasms and sexual unions, in close friendships and in physical combat’. Avoidance of such experiences ‘because of a fear of ego-loss may lead to a deep sense of isolation and consequent self-absorption’

Age 30 Transition:

Daniel Levinson suggested that the first phase of early adulthood comes to a close around twenty-eight to thirty, when ‘at about 28 the provisional character of the twenties is ending and life is becoming more serious…the age-thirty crisis  Others have spoken of ‘the Catch-30 Passage…between age 28 and 32’, stressing that ‘it is not uncommon, at the approach to the thirties, to tear up the life structure one put together to support the original dream of the twenties, and to start anew—’to create the basis for the next life structure.

When ‘the Age Thirty Transition’ is a difficult one, ‘in a severe crisis [s/]he experiences a threat to life itself, the danger of chaos and dissolution, the loss of hope for the future. 

Settling Down:

After the relative upheaval of the early 30’s, the middle to late 30’s are often characterized by settling down: ‘the establishment phase’, involving ‘what we would call major life investments—work, family, friends, community activities, and values. What has been termed ‘the Culminating Life Structure for Early Adulthood(33–40) is the vehicle for completing this era and realizing our youthful aspirations People in their thirties may increase the financial and emotional investments they make in their lives, and may have been employed long enough to gain promotions and raises. They often become more focused on advancing their careers and gaining stability in their personal lives—’with marriage and child-rearing, starting a family, coming to the fore as priorities.

Gail Sheehy, however, signposts the same twenties/thirties division rather differently, arguing that nowadays ‘the twenties have stretched out into a long Provisional Adulthood’, and that in fact ‘the transition to the Turbulent Thirties marks the initiation to First Adulthood.

Midlife Transition: Young Adulthood then draws to its close with ‘the Midlife Transition, from roughly age 40 to 45′ producing ‘a brand-new passage in the forties, when the transition from the end of First Adulthood to the beginning of Second Adulthood begins.

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