Physical and Cognitive
O Emerging adulthood is the transition from
adolescence to adult from 18 to 25.
O Involves experimentation and exploration of
lifestyle choices and decision making.
O Love and work
O Instability in many facets of life
O Self-focused behavior
O Feelings of being in between
O Opportunity to change lives
O Pursuit of dream.
Marker of Adulthood
O American view
O Economic independence
O Taking responsibility for self.
O World view
O Bearing children
O Stable family
Let’s get physical
O Physical development is at its peak during
this age range.
O Men are their strongest between 25 and 35.
O Muscle tone reaches its greatest place.
O Cognitive development begins to decline
starting at around 25.
O This age range is relatively healthy.
O Accident is main killer until 24.
O Starts giving way to other diseases and
O Increasing among this age range.
O Regular exercise helps to reduce this.
O Young adults until about 25 exercise more than
after this age range.
The Young and the Restless
O Substance abuse is a major health and
development concern during this age range
O Addiction is a pattern of behavior
characterized by an overwhelming
involvement with using a drug and securing a
O Alcohol is the most abused drug in this age
O Smoking and use of nicotine is higher during
this age range than times before hand.
The Bold and the Beautiful
O Sexual activity is higher in this age range
than any other.
O Early on males report more casual partners.
O Emerging adults have sex with more partners
O Young adults have sex more frequently.
O Sexual preference becomes a bigger issue
at this time with many people “coming out of
O STIs are sexually transmitted infections (aka
STDs). These are infections obtain through
O Gonorrhea (clap), Syphilis, Chlamydia, VD,
Tric, are curable with antibiotics.
O Syphilis will remain dormant in the system.
O Most common STI, chlamydia
O Genital herpes, genital warts (HPV), HIV, AIDS
are not curable and can be deadly
O HPV is known to cause ovarian cancer.
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O To prevent STIs
O Use of condoms
O Know you and your partners risk status
O Obtain frequent testing
O Limiting the amount of sexual partners you
O Rape is forcible sexual contact with an
O Date rape occurs during a date
O Acquaintance rape occurs when the victim is
acquainted with the rapist.
O Sexual harassment
O Contact, discussions, comments that are
considered sexual in nature and make
someone feel violated or uncomfortable.
O Postformal stage
O Involves understaning that the correct answer
to a problem can require reflective thinking,
that the correct answer can vary from one
situation to the other, search for the truth is
O Reflective thought is being able to see the
world beyond the black and white or good and
O Creativity reaches its apex oftentimes in this
O This is reflected in work practices.
O This is reflected in pursuit of a dream.