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Growth and Development

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Physical Development

Most young adults aged 18 and over will:

Complete the process of physical maturation, usually attaining full adult height.

 

Cognitive Development

Most young adults aged 18 and over will:

Move into adult roles and responsibilities and may learn a trade, work, and/or pursue higher education

Fully understand abstract concepts and be aware of consequences and personal limitations

Identify career goals and prepare to achieve them

Secure their autonomy and build and test their decision making skills

Develop new skills, hobbies, and adult interests

 

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Emotional Development

Most young adults aged 18 and over will:

Move into adult relationships with their parents

See the peer group as less important as a determinant of behavior

Feel empathetic

Have greater intimacy skills

Complete their values framework

Carry some feelings of invincibility

Establish their body image

 

What Families Need to Do to Raise Sexually Healthy Young Adults

To help young adults ages 18 and over develop a healthy sexuality, families should:

Keep the lines of communication open and accept that the person is an adult, not a child.

Offer choices, acknowledge responsibilities, and avoid dictates.

Continue to offer physical and emotional closeness, but respect their need for privacy and independence.

Appreciate them for their strengths and qualities.

Continue offering guidance and sharing values.

 

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