Learning Objectives

12.1 Examine the features of emerging adulthood and its contextual nature.
12.2 Discuss the psychosocial tasks of identity, intimacy, and sexuality in early adulthood.
12.3 Describe influences on friendship, mate selection, and romantic relationships in early adulthood.
12.4 Describe the diverse romantic situations that may characterize early adulthood, including singlehood, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce.
12.5 Compare the experiences of young adults as stepparents, never-married parents, and same-sex parents.