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Adult

A person who has reached the age of majority. This age is usually 18, but may be 17 in criminal cases or 21 in other cases. An adult is legally permitted to enter a contract, do business, or conduct any other activity without permission or countersignature by a parent or guardian

adult

One who has gained the age of majority, usually 18 or 21 depending on the state. Sometimes, younger people can take legal steps to remove the “disabilities of nonage,” after which they will be treated as legal adults even though under the requisite age. Only adults have the legal capacity to enter into contracts or sell property. Minors may own real estate, but, because of the inability to enter contracts, they cannot effectively manage it, obtain a mortgage, or sell the property. If such actions should prove necessary, the child's legal guardian will usually have to ask a court for permission for the proposed action.The court will then appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the child's interests, in case the guardian has a conflict of interest or clouded judgment.

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With many years of school left ahead of him - and his family living in a precarious financial situation - Daahir will need to grapple with difficult decisions such as whether to continue his education, look for work and/or start a family, as he transitions from childhood to adulthood and develops different needs and aspirations.
PHOTO| KANYIRI WAHITOThis new definition of adulthood, Rita says, leaves a lot to be desired although she agrees that upbringing and social expectations on an individual play a big role when it comes to how one navigates certain things in life.Some parents do not want to let go of their children.
* Brooke McGrath: Clinton Elementary, Exceptional Needs Specialist/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood;
Emerging adulthood is a very real part of life, but it's important to understand that it affects people differently depending on their background (Syed & Mitchell, 2013).
The National Institute of Justice supports the importance of emerging adulthood as an area of criminological inquiry.
Using a 30-year exposure and health data initially collected from a cohort of children residing in Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) during 1978-1986 and from follow-up research in 2006, we aimed to assess childhood and life-course determinants of weight status in adulthood. Complete details of the original program are described elsewhere.
Field is most interested in the antebellum women's rights movement, which "fought the persistent association of women with children, protested the praise lavished on girlish beauty rather than on female wisdom, and demanded the right to develop their talents as they aged," but her incorporation of abolitionist thought and rhetoric beautifully enhances her argument about adulthood by demonstrating how structures of age permeated thinking about enslaved blacks (2).
In adulthood, most siblings no longer live together or see each other every day, which drastically changes the relationship.
The study is ongoing and has followed the participants from childhood through adulthood -- most are now in their 30s.
The researchers analysed data from more than 1,400 participants in 11 North Carolina counties who were followed from childhood through adulthood. Most of the study participants are now in their 30s.
So for those of us who never had a humanist coming-of-age ceremony--and even for those of us who did--I think it's worth asking: How do we define adulthood?
However, all groups showed signs of having difficulty forming social relationships, particularly when it came to maintaining long-term friendships or good ties with parents in adulthood, and were more than twice as likely to have difficulty in keeping a job, or commit to saving, and as such displayed a higher propensity for being impoverished in young adulthood.