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Thread #59526   Message #950100
Posted By: GUEST
10-May-03 - 04:12 PM
Thread Name: BS: When do you become a grownup? (Study)
Subject: RE: BS: When do you become a grownup? (Study)
The study confirms our American society's definition of reaching adulthood, ie that it is a milestone defined by one's relationship to one's parents, by getting married, and/or by entering into full time employment.

Many people do still define themselves as adults by using measures like economic independence from their parents, marital status, or any number of economic standards (full time work, home ownership, etc). But those definitions are mainstream definitions.

IMO, when the threshold to adulthood is crossed is contingent upon how fast one's life's circumstances forces one to grow up. It has nothing to do with age, marital status, employment or education status, IMO. Rather, it has to do when the first major crisis of one's life hits head on, and the person is forced to deal with circumstances on an adult level, rather than a child's. For some, that could come in the early teens. For others, much later, even as late as in their 30s or 40s.