Table 191

Criteria for Adulthood Questionnaire Responses

Necessary for adulthood? Percent indicating "yes"

Individualism

Accept responsibility for the consequences of your actions Decide on personal beliefs & values independently of parents or other influences Financially independent from parents Establish relationship with parents as an equal adult No longer living in parents' household

Family capacities

Capable of running a household (man) Capable of running a household (woman) Capable of keeping family physically safe (man) Capable of supporting a family financially (man) Capable of caring for children (woman) Capable of caring for children (man) Capable of keeping family physically safe (woman) Capable of supporting a family financially (woman)

Norm compliance

Avoid committing crimes like shoplifting and vandalism Use contraception if sexually active and not trying to conceive a child Avoid drunk driving Avoid using illegal drugs Drive safely and close to the speed limit Avoid becoming drunk Have no more than one sexual partner Avoid using profanity/vulgar language

Biological transitions

Capable of fathering children (man)

Capable of bearing children (woman)

Grow to full height

Have had sexual intercourse

Legal/chronological

Reached age 18

Reached age 21

Obtained driver's license

Role transitions

Settle into a long-term career Married

Employed full-time Have at least one child Finished with education

Other

Learn always to have good control of your emotions Make lifelong commitments to others Not deeply tied to parents emotionally Purchased a house

Committed to a long-term love relationship

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