Dr Oliver Robinson (University of Greenwich) is the author of the book Development through Adulthood, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
He will be leading an interactive session that addresses the developmental challenges of the first decade of adult life.
The first decade of adult life (18-28) is a crucial part of the human lifespan. During it, there is more personality change than any other part of the lifespan.
These changes can include a peak in alcohol and drug intake, a peak in diagnoses of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and more stress compared with any other age group too.
On the flipside, it is the decade in which a person is at their most fertile, most physically powerful and strong, and quickest in terms of reaction times.
On top of managing a paradoxical mix of strength and vulnerability, many important life decisions are made during this decade - selecting a career path, an adult lifestyle and often a partner too.
Research has shown that starting in these long-term commitments, or failing to, often leads a person to a 'quarter-life crisis', in which they question their choices and their life direction.
And to top it all, many young adults report that they don't actually feel fully like adults yet.
This interactive session will explore what it means to be a young adult in ways that you will find illuminating, surprising and challenging.
Who is the course intended for?
The course is intended for undergraduate and postgraduate psychology students who are members of the BPS.
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