ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why Parents Should Maintain a Close Relationship with Young Adults

Updated on November 14, 2017
Patrick Patrick profile image

Patrick has been working as a freelance writer for the past 3 years

A parent and a friend


Young Adults

Regardless of their respective theories, development theorists will agree that life is a process with each of the developmental stage posing a new set of challenges and opportunities for the individual. Through these stages, a growing individual will face a variety of challenges that they will have to resolve in order to move to the next stage, and thus develop appropriately. According to Erikson’s psycho-social stages of development, a young adult, who has just passed the adolescence phase (where he/she develops identity), is in a stage where he/she tends to establish ties with others. This enables the young adult to either become isolated or establish long lasting relationships.

According to a number of studies, alcohol has been shown to be one of the most commonly used drugs in New Zealand. This is largely due to the fact that it is easily accessible and tends to be enjoyed among friends. Among high school students and college students, these being young adults, binge drinking has become very popular, with students being introduced to alcohol as something fun to engage in with their peers. However, such behavior has also been associated with other risky behaviors such as engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse, crime and motor vehicle accidents. Among high school students who are about to complete their studies and freshmen in college, these behaviors show how young adults can be easily influenced by their peers, and the environment they live in to engage and participate in given acts and behaviors. Moreover, it also proves the willingness of these young adults to participate in activities that will allow them to identify with given groups in order to be accepted as part of such groups.

As young adults, who are still developing, such behaviors also show that their intention to experiment with new things they are introduced to by their peers. For a majority of these young adults, this is a period to experiment practically and thus experience what they see as common among their peers.

Mom and daughter

According to Drewery & Clairborne (2014), most of the young adults are experiencing a variety of changes that are all happening at the same time. They are looking to fit it, deal with responsibilities coming their way, and perform as expected by their caregivers and the society general among other factors. In addition, there is a lot of peer pressure pushing them to change their beliefs and personalities. Since most of them feel that they are adults already, they will be highly inclined to try out new things that adults tend to engage in. For this reason, they are likely to find themselves taking a variety of risks, which can negatively affect their health and general well being.

However, in all these, the role of parents/guardians/culture and teachers as well as mentors cannot be underestimated. More than parents, teachers and mentors, such as coaches are in a better position to not only educate, but also talk to young adults about how various behaviors can affect them. For instance, a coach, who tends to be more close to young adults can talk more openly about such issues as sex, drugs and alcohol, and effectively reach the young adults. Parents also have a part to play given that they are involved in raising the young adults. Spending time with them, and being open to listen to them will allow the young adults to be in a better position to handle various situations as they come. Moreover, this enables them to be well prepared for the realities of life in college and away from home, equipping them to be ready for anything.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)