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Human Development
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Introduction Domain Life stages Conclusion

 Early Adulthood: Ages 20 - 40

 Biological

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Physical functioning increases through the 20's and peaks at about age 30, but can be maintained through exercise

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Body shape changes, with gradual increases in weight and body fat and decreases in lean muscle mass

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Efficiency of many organ systems begins to diminish at the rate of about 1% a year

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Sexual responsiveness remains high throughout this period, with some slowing in men

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Physical appearance changes; gray hair and wrinkles develop toward end of this period

 Cognitive

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Thinking may become practical and dialectical to adapt to the inconsistencies and complexities in daily experiences

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Short-term memory peaks

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Wisdom and expertise begin to develop

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Vocabulary and knowledge continue to grow through work interactions and everyday problem-solving

 Psychosocial

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Issues of identity and intimacy peak by age 30

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Need for affiliation filled by friends and often a marriage/partner

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Friendships become particularly important for people who are single

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Need for achievement often met through satisfactory work consistent with personality and abilities

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Personality traits most likely to change up to age 30, with additional maturation continuing into the 40's



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