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PSYC 2P12 Lecture Notes - Prefrontal Cortex, Helicopter Parent, Emerging Adulthood And Early Adulthood

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Cathy Mondloch

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March 12
Early Adulthood:
- Career (at least for men)
o By the time you were an adult, you have a job and were financially
- Marriage
o By 20 (for women) and 23 (for men) you were married and very soon
after that, you had a child, which made people think you were an adult
- Children
Emerging Adulthood: Contributing Factors
- Rise in the age of marriage (and parenthood)
o Birth control pills
o Changes in sexual morality
Before the ‘70s, the general rule of thumb was that you don’t
have sex until you’re married
Present: It’s generally accepted that people in long term
relationships will have sex before marriage, “as long as it isn’t
too early” or “as long as you don’t have too many partners”, etc.
This has delayed marriage in many people
o More years of higher education
Changing economy, higher education is needed to get a good,
stable job
In North America, 2/3 have a university/college degree
o Of those, 1/3 will have a post-grad degree
o Meaning and value of adult roles
People in their 20s today, people have a different sense in
meaning and value of adulthood
Cohort effects
Past: Marriage + home + children = accomplishment
o Because many of the older generation had gone
through war/depression, so having marriage,
home and children would seem to be a huge
Present: Marriage + home + children = perils to be
o “Yes but not yet”
o Young people today see marriage, home and
children as being “stuck”
Without those commitments, you can
travel, date, express your freedom
o Changing roles of women
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