Early and Middle Adulthood paper
Early and Middle Adulthood Paper
Early to Middle Adulthood covers a vast age group. This age group is from 18 years of age to 65 and more. There are many changes that an individual will experience while at the beginning of this age groups and transcending through till the end. The most obvious of these changes can be recognized by appearance, being the physical change. However, there are far more changes that happen, from a cognitive thought process change to a self-internalized realization of perspective roles that an individual chooses to take on for themselves. These changes have very distinct characteristics that define each phase of life.
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As far as sexual promiscuity, this age group of emerging adults has been described as serial monogamists – “most have one steady partner, then another, then another” (Berger, 2010, p. 415). Due to this increase in multiple partners, there has been an increase in the spread of STD’s, contrary to the drop in birthrate in recent times partly due to contraceptive use. Decades ago there was a double standard that females should remain virgins until marriage, and that it was ok for young men to feed their sexual urges with any young lady that was willing. In recent times it has become the norm for young adult females to have just as many sexual partners as their male counterparts. If this standard continues as it has, “HIV and other STIs(sexually transmitted infections) can spread easily and rapidly anywhere in the world” (Berger, 2010, p.416). “Within 2-4 weeks after HIV infection, many, but not all, people experience flu-like symptoms, often described as the “worst flu ever.”… Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms at all for 10 years or more (HIV/AIDS, 2013). This might one day lead to a deathly viral outbreak considering the average number of sexual partners that both men and women within the early adult age group are having.