Early Adulthood Focus


EarlyAdulthood Focus

EarlyAdulthood Focus

Theearlyadulthood focus hasbeen a matter of discussion in various societal diversities since ithas become a burden for parents to support their children even duringtheir adult stages. Many people argue that the youths with over 20years have several responsibilities to be fulfilled including set uptheir homes, marrying, childbearing, and having intimaterelationships, among others. The notion creates the needs to make 20sseparate life stage. However, this essay aims at focusing on theearly childhood in order to unearth the major development tasksassociated with this stage of life. The paper achieves its notionsthrough a brief interview to the three individuals from the subjectedlife stage.

Theinterview was conducted to three individuals who hail from differentbackground but have the same age bracket. One is John who has 20years, Smith who has 22 years and Raymond who has 25 years. All ofthem come from diverse cultural and social background and is believedthat they could have different practices or believes. Variousinterview questions concerning the social life were posited to everyindividual, one after the other.

Allof the respondents were reluctant to air their opinions on marriagesince all of them perceived that it is too early to marry or have afamily. They claimed that they need to settle first without marriageand noted that having an intimate relationship is the best choice.They seemed to portray that they are still in the care of theirparents and had no intention to change way of living. Such issue hasbecome a major focus in the modern society where the young adultshave refused to leave their parental care for their own life. Assuch, many scholars and sociologists have claimed that making 20s aseparate life stage would help them plan about their life as soon asthey finish their teenage education or have started earning.

Thesubjected issue has become a common problem in the society wherevarious scholars, literals, and the entire media have agreed to dealwith completely. It has also being regarded as failure to launch inmany literal materials and dailies where it has become a centraldiscussion issue. The discussions about failure to launch took thecenter stage at one morning radio show at studio where three guestsincluding Zhenchao Qian, Don Freedheim, and Sue Stromberg attended(The Sounds of Ideas, 2013). Zhenchao Qian authored the report for US2010 project that demonstrated that about 40 percent of youths agedbetween 20 and 34 years were either living with their parents orreceiving direct support from parents. In the discussion, Qian notedthat the percentage of youths aged 20-34 years increasedsignificantly from 1980s to 2009. The major cause of the percentageincrease is the delayed marriages happening due to the change oflifestyles, among other reasons. On the other hand, Don Freedheimprovided important notions about mental growth and development ofpeople after reaching the age of 20 years. As stated by Freedheim, 20years is the age where youths become more dependent to their parentsbecause of the increased financial needs. For example, having mobilephones, attending concerts, purchase latest movies, and music, amongothers. Sue Stromberg was a victimized parent living with her twosons aged more than 20 years. Stromberg narrated the way she suffersand worked hard to care for the two sons, a perspective thatattracted listeners towards agreeing with the idea that 20s should bea separate life stage.

Thearticle written by Henig (2010) provides several perspectives on howyoung people move back to their parental home, as well as slowness inreaching their adulthood. The article also provides statistical datathat shows that a third of the 20-aged people move to a new residenceannually, but 40 percent return to their parental residence. It is astage when the people change their jobs more frequently than anyother stage. In addition, the author claims that two-thirds of thegroup lives with their romantic partners without a marriage. Thearticle provides various aspects of cultural change that causes 20sto become a distinct life stage. They include the need for moreeducation for competitive advantage in the modern economies, few jobopportunities after schooling, and premarital sex that discouragesmarriages. The birth control awareness and assisted reproductivetechnology also creates the feelings to young women of not rushing tohave babies. Henig continued to describe the way youths at 20s feelfrustrated, dreadful, uncertain, and misunderstanding of the modernlifestyles, thereby preferring to stay with their parents. He alsoquotes some scientists that the stage reflects the brain activitieswhere the functions are centered between the adult and young ones’way of thinking. In regards to such assertions, this paper agrees onthe view that 20s should be a distinct stage of life as recognized bythe psychologists and accepted in the societal culture.

Thebook written by Hutchison (2011) also provides several aspects thatshape the behaviors of human across all developmental stages.Hutchison describes the way people experience behavioral changes atspecific times in their developmental stages that leads to paradigmshifting in the society. The change includes the way people think,work, or approaches the real-life issues. Most of the people at 20sfeel it hard to accept societal changes, the notion that attractsthem to move back to their parents as demonstrated by the Rabin(2006). In this regards, this paper supports the ideological factthat 20s should be a different developmental stage. Unfortunately,the paper disagrees with the notion if the situational changesprovides a favorable ground to enhance poor behaviors.

Asdemonstrated from the interview and literal study, it is apparentthat making 20s a distinct life stage may cause the youthful peopleto involve themselves in poor behaviors such as immorality, theft,alcohol, and substance abuse in order to adapt the economichardships. It is because their mindsets are not ready to shift fromparental care. No respondent agreed that they could shift from theirparents at that very early stage in their life. Other studies foundout that providing the parental care to young adults is one of themisleading force that influence them to continue involving themselvesin bad habits. Most of the youths return to their parental residencefor financial support that even causes them to leave their employmentpositions because they receive free money from parents without anyhustle. In regards to these notions, making 20s separate life stagewould make the young ones strain and adapt to the life changes,especially in the employment tenure to streamline their future life.

Inconclusion, the paper agrees with the ideological view that 20sshould be made a separate life stage to avoid overdependence on theparental care. The interview and discussed literal sources providedimportant insinuations for the society to learn about the debate,which discusses about the youths in the early adulthood stage. Inthis regards, the ideas from the podcast and articles provided therelated scope that people’s way of living change with time. Eventhough, the surrounding situations have a greater impact on the waypeople think and act. Therefore, 20s should be made a distinct lifestage to address the real issues affecting the parents, society, andinstitutions including financial constraints to cater for the youngadults.



Theinterview was conducted individually in order to unearth the issuesaffecting the young adults in their daily life. The respondents wereasked three questions for them to respond as demonstrated in thefollowing conversations.

  1. Interviewer: Do you prefer marrying or having a premarital affair?

John:I prefer premarital affair since I can get what I need without or ata fewer cost. Marrying goes with several legal controls that caninhibit my life preferences such as going to dance or watch movies

Smith:Both are good but premarital affair is cost effective and has notseveral consequences. One can be able to control having children orcompensate in case the relationship breaks

Raymond:Marriage is good though am not marrying soon. It is because it helpsone to settle in life but it is ineffective when one is not ready tomarry due to legality of its concept

  1. Interviewer: Can you move out from parental care if you get a job opportunity today? Give reasons

John:I do not have any plans to move out from my parents since am gettingwhat I want. I need to satisfy my life in every sorts of happinessfor my youthfulness

Smith:I will shift but not soon since am not chased away. I get everythingI need and will be economical for my salary to do other things suchas watching movies. Moving out immediately will make me strain a lotin life

Raymond:No. This is our home and the parents had planned enough for me whenbeing born

  1. Interviewer: When can you prefer having a family?

John:Not soon. Maybe after 30 years after I spend my youthfulnessappropriately

Smith:I will not planning to marry soon due to economic constraints. A wifeneeds someone stable due to care

Raymond:I will not marry since am getting what I want from my girlfriend. Wecan live the same house for weeks but not marriage. Why then go forwife and yet am satisfied


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