Learning Objectives

14.1 Examine the features of emerging adulthood and its contextual nature.

14.2 Discuss processes of psychosocial development in early adulthood.

14.3 Review the nature of sexual activity in early adulthood and the problem of sexual assault.

14.4 Describe influences on friendship, mate selection, and interactions in early adulthood.

14.5 Analyze the diverse romantic situations that may characterize early adulthood, including singlehood, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce.

14.6 Compare the experiences of young adults as stepparents, never married parents, and samesex parents.