MHW-522: Family Analysis Project Part 4: Socialization
In Part 2 of the Family Analysis Project, you selected one of the life stages. For this assignment, you will use that selected life stage to analyze the overall impact of socialization on your selected life stage. Next, you will look at the challenges of Young Adulthood.
Cite 2-4 scholarly sources to support your answers.
Analyze the selected life stage by addressing the following prompts:
|The Impact of Socialization|
|In regards to your selected life stage, explain the most recent changes in the following categories regarding socialization:|
At this stage, making friends involves participating in activities such as singing group drama and football groups that involve others within the same age bracket (Sawyer et al., 2018). Young adults can also make friends in school with the people they school with. Some people at this age also make friends from their neighbors.
Maintaining friendship for this age group requires consistency in doing what they do together, being patient, understanding the differences, and focusing on improving the other person. At this stage, friendships can be strong, and with a good connection, it can last all the way to adulthood.
In this category, the interaction is transitional, where the child prepares to leave the parent’s house. They emulate the behavior and character of their parents to form their distinguished character (Wuni & Shen, 2020). The interaction is often biased, and the young adult tends to lean toward the side where they get the most benefits.
At this stage, a person wants to feel appreciated, celebrated and applauded for everything, including the smallest achievement. Wuni and Shen (2020) indicate that for them to be shown empathy, they want to be listened to and understood for their actions. In school, at home, and among other peers, compassion is shown through understanding their perspective and perspective towards respective issues.
|Resiliency: Eliminate any negative ideation toward a situation. They tend to view each situation as an opportunity to elevate to the next level (Wood et al., 2018). When the situation gets tough, this group builds resiliency by propelling forward towards achieving their goals with minimal interest in what has failed.
At this age, the femininity and masculinity of a person start to show. The gender roles vary depending on the identity of the person. The gender roles are classified into three types, transitional, traditional, and egalitarian (Cherlin, 2020). In the young adulthood stage, they perceive the roles as egalitarian. They tend to embrace equality and believe everyone should be treated with the same standards, principles, and norms.
Next, analyze the unique challenges of Young Adulthood. Citing 2-4 sources, explain your answers to the following prompts:
|Describe how the current young adult life cycle stage has changed from past generations.
The past young adult life was focused on gaining skills in manual labor and how to get things done with their hands. However, on the other hand, the current generation is more skill-oriented and grows up focusing on obtaining various skills (Wood et al., 2018).
In the past, the education system was training young ones for employment. Therefore, the past generation leaned toward getting relevant education that would place them in a particular job market (Wuni & Shen, 2020). However, today, with the increased technological growth, basic knowledge is not enough. Young adults today focus on capturing more than the job market requires.
|Explain the potential causes for these changes.
One of the leading causes for change between the past and current young adult generations is the introduction of the internet and technology. The availability of information has been simplified for the current generation (Wuni & Shen, 2020). This guarantees that the current generation is rich with the knowledge that makes them competitive both at the employment and skills markets.
Additionally, technology and access to the internet make it possible for the current generation to network beyond their local environment (Sassler & Lichter 2020). Interaction with people from beyond the local geographical surrounding allows the young generation to learn from different cultures, unlike in the past where one had to travel long distances to interact with people from different communities.
|List the developmental tasks of Young Adulthood:
Developing a sense of right and wrong (Sawyer et al., 2018)
Initiating a preferred lifestyle
Successful separation from family control
Establishing intimate and friendly relationships (Wood et al., 2018)
Pursuing career goals
Deciding on marriage and developing relevant parenting skills (Sassler & Lichter 2020).
|Next, explain the developmental tasks of young adulthood in regards to the following categories:|
Start by pursuing education that will strategically place them for the work environment they decide (Sawyer et al., 2018). Decide on a career path and follow it through with the aim of reaching the target. They also develop plans to secure their position at work and provide them with financial independence during and after the working season.
Develop signs of maturity by becoming more firm on their preferences, likes, dislikes, and philosophies. Establishing emotional stability and becoming stable in the choices they make. Generating an understanding that their happiness is their primary responsibility rather than expecting others to make them happy (Sassler & Lichter 2020).
|Affective and Social Development:
Young adults develop stronger relationships with other adults beyond their family members who become their mentors and referees in their work responsibilities. They also tend to expand their social development by engaging with people from various cultural formations and enhancing their international interaction.
|Explain the unique challenges single adults face today in regards to the following:|
|Family: Families expect to gain more support from them in the pretense that they don’t have a family they are supporting with their money (Wood et al., 2018). In some communities, it is difficult to get promotions to a higher rank in the workplace when one is not married (Cherlin, 2020). Single adults are also perceived as irresponsible and are not often involved in decision making even on matters that may directly impact them.|
|Friendships/Peer Groups: They have the pressure of becoming equal with their mates at the workplace and social achievements (Sassler & Lichter 2020). Young adults compete to get promotions at work, and they also compete on social investments and security amongst themselves.|
|Work/Career: Lack of sufficient experience in the workplace and competing for the same position with old married adults is quite a challenge for the single. They are also expected to work extra shifts without appropriate compensation. The workplace is also biased and they are not considered for positions that present the potential to grow and advance their career.|
|Sexuality: Sexuality involves a host of behaviors that people engage in for the purposes of producing offspring or entertainment. It often has strong socio-cultural elements and biological components in play for it to take place (Cherlin, 2020).
Single adults face the challenge of choosing the right partner with who they can click and develop their sexuality together. They also face considerable influence from their socioeconomic status and their respective partners’ interaction with their social class and friends.
|Worldview: Regarding worldview, single adults now face the challenge of taking on the responsibility of the society and the progressiveness of the socio-cultural communities. Today they are expected to make more choices on a range of issues from global economic growth to local development (Sawyer et al., 2018).
Young adults are responsible for shaping the world and making it a better place for the future generation through global networking and interactions (Wuni & Shen, 2020). They are also expected to be flexible and have the capacity to work and live anywhere while showing responsibility and commitment toward something beyond work.
|Explain the social implications of marriage for young adults. Sassler & Lichter (2020) state that there are several issues that make young adults get into the institution of marriage. In some communities, young people marry due to arranged marriages, pressure from society and immediate families to start a family, and others due to pressure from their peers.
Cherlin (2020) indicates that some cultures also allow for someone to have multiple partners, while others encourage having only one partner. However, some cultures do not put pressure on their people to get married, giving them an opportunity to stay single until their middle or late adulthood before deciding to marry. Whichever way a person chooses to marry, the society expects them to commit to giving their best to ensure their families grow.
Cherlin, A. J. (2020). Degrees of change: An assessment of the deinstitutionalization of marriage thesis. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(1), 62-80. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12605
Sassler, S., & Lichter, D. T. (2020). Cohabitation and marriage: Complexity and diversity in union‐formation patterns. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(1), 35-61. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12617
Sawyer, S. M., Azzopardi, P. S., Wickremarathne, D., & Patton, G. C. (2018). The age of adolescence. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 2(3), 223-228. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(18)30022-1
Wood, D., Crapnell, T., Lau, L., Bennett, A., Lotstein, D., Ferris, M., & Kuo, A. (2018). Emerging adulthood as a critical stage in the life course. Handbook of life course health development, 123-143. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-47143-3
Wuni, I. Y., & Shen, G. Q. (2020). Critical success factors for management of the early stages of prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction project life cycle. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 27(9), 2315-2333. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-10-2019-0534