Assignment 1: Social Clock

This assignment requires you to examine your cultural values about developmental norms for young adults.

Many young adults continue their identity search, especially for vocational and relational identities. Cultural groups typically have clearly defined expectations for when certain social events “should” occur. Parent-child relationships and expectations often shift as you transition into your own emerging roles. Some of these expectations may be clearly stated, while other expectations are unspoken.

Reflect on your own beliefs about when a young adult should achieve the following transitions into adulthood :Moving into his or her own housing, getting separated from parentsSecuring a stable career or obtaining formal educationAchieving financial independenceGetting involved in a serious romantic relationship; cohabitationFinding his or her own life partnerGetting marriedBecoming a parentUndergoing other transitions that you consider important


In a minimum of 200 words How has your own parent-child relationship changed as you transitioned into new adult roles (e.g., college student, career-entry worker, married partner, and parent)? What cultural values shaped your beliefs? How would you know whether you have stepped outside of a cultural norm when it comes to the social clock? Does a specific developmental theory support your personal views of “healthy development” for a young adult?

Support your responses and analysis by using at least two resources from professional literature . Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources; relevant textbooks; peer-reviewed journal articles; and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (websites ending in .edu or .gov).

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