Perspective on changes in Adulthood

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Melena GillihanUniversity of PhoenixBSHS/342Joyce MinkJune 14, 2008Perspectives on Changes in AdulthoodBeing an adult is defined by Yahoo! Education (2000) as, "One who has attained maturity or legal age" (para. 1). There are different aspects that can define adulthood such as, the law, personal character, biology, or social status. These aspects can be inconsistent and contradictory. A person may be looked upon as an adult by the standards of the law and age requirements but they may not have the maturity and responsibility that define being an adult. On the contrary, a person may have the maturity and behavioral characteristics but since they are under age are still treated as a child. There are three main stages in adulthood; early, middle, and late. With every stage occurs some changes, and just as the changes in a person's childhood are important so are the changes in adulthood. This paper will discuss my own personal beliefs and perspectives on the changes in each stage of adulthood and how my views are based.

Personal PhilosophyIt is hard for me to find my personal philosophy on adulthood since I am only half way through the early stages, however, I have been able to observe and research each stage throughout my life which has given me some insight on adulthood. When adulthood starts is considered to be anyone over the age of 18, but, is adulthood really about age. I consider an adult to be someone who consists of maturity and comprehension of what is in store for them. Early stages of adulthood are the time when a person can experiment on relationships, themselves, and employment. This is the time where a person figures out who they are, where they want to be, and with whom they want to share their life with.

In middle adulthood...