The ‘storm and stress’ of adolescence and young adulthood - Counseling Today
NCBI Bookshelf. This chapter provides a foundation for the remainder of the report. It summarizes current knowledge regarding young adulthood as a critical developmental period in the life course; highlights historical patterns and recent trends in the social and economic transitions of young adults in the United States; reviews data on the health status of the current cohort of young adults; briefly summarizes the literature on diversity and the effects of bias and discrimination on young adults' health and well-being; presents the committee's key findings and their implications; and enunciates several key principles to guide future action in assembling data, designing research, and formulating programs and policies pertaining to the health, safety, and well-being of young adults. Many of the topics summarized in this chapter are discussed in greater depth in subsequent chapters.
Rae Simpson rsimpson mit. Dramatic Change A large and relatively new body of research is revealing that young adulthood is a time of dramatic change in basic thinking structures, as well as in the brain. Consensus is emerging that an year-old is not the same person she or he will be at 25, just as an year-old is not the same as he or she will be at They don't look the same, feel the same, think the same, or act the same. Three Categories Across theories and research frameworks, a sequence of developmental shifts emerges, which can be organized into three overall categories: Adolescence generally defined as puberty through age 18 Young adulthood generally defined as 18 to 22 or 18 to 25 Later adulthood generally defined as mids and older Many researchers and theorists divide these three broad areas into several smaller shifts, depending on the aspect of development they are measuring, such as reflective judgment, moral development, or cognitive structural development.