Intimate interactions and relationships affect adaptations to the changing needs and stresses that evolve with each stage of development throughout one's lifetime.
Such modifications are the results of interpersonal relationships that begin to form during early life.
Based on the fact that human development is a product of complex interplay of forces that reside within the individual human being and the environment by which he or she is surrounded, it can be proposed that interpersonal interactions and relationships shape individual personality and coping styles.
Five features make emerging adulthood distinctive: identity explorations, instability, self-focus, feeling in-between adolescence and adulthood, and a sense of broad possibilities for the future.
Emerging adulthood is found mainly in developed countries, where most young people obtain tertiary education and median ages of entering marriage and parenthood are around 30.
Relatively few people pursued education or training beyond secondary school, and, consequently, most young men were full-time workers by the end of their teens.
Relatively few women worked in occupations outside the home, and the median marriage age for women in the United States and in most other industrialized countries in 1960 was around 20 (Arnett & Taber, 1994; Douglass, 2005).
In industrialized countries young people just out of high school and into their 20's are spending more time experimenting with potential directions for their lives.
This new way of transitioning into adulthood is different enough from generations past that it is considered a new developmental phase - Emerging Adulthood.
The Journal supports innovative theoretical and empirical articles that help direct the future of our field.
Critical issues include the importance of life-long education, work and family changes, and physical and mental health influencing adult development.
What happened to change the twenties so much between their time and our own?