More adolescents delay "adulting," expert says that's ok

1 year 1 week 4 days ago Tuesday, May 08 2018 May 8, 2018 Tuesday, May 08, 2018 5:30:00 AM CDT May 08, 2018 in News
By: Megan Judy, KOMU 8 News Senior Anchor
loading

COLUMBIA - American adolescents are waiting longer to adult, according to a recent study and an MU child and adolescent psychiatrist says that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The 2017 study published in the journal Child Development looked at almost 8.5 million adolescents ranging in age from 13 to 19 over a 40-year span. Many are adopting a slow life strategy.

MU psychiatrist Dr. Rasha El Kady said, “I’m not seeing that it’s all wrong, though. There is a positive part of it. There are some cultures out there where it’s perfectly normal for the kid to stay with the parent, even after the age of 18 based on the level of education they want to get. Until they get married. Until they basically get a job. And, these kids, they end up to be very good adults. Successful professionals.”

The study, entitled “The Decline in Adult Activities Among U.S. Adolescents, 1976–2016,” says fewer adolescents are engaging in activities like “having sex, dating, drinking alcohol, working for pay, going out without their parents, and driving.”

El Kady said, “Kids now are more aware. In the curriculum in school, they are including education about contraception, about substance abuse, about the hazards of drugs, the hazards of alcoholism, early marriage, early teen pregnancy. So, kids are more aware.”

More aware and sometimes in less of a rush. Jim Sharrock, the adult education supervisor for the Columbia Area Career Center, said its students range in age from 18 into their 60s, with the average age being 27. 

Sharrock said, “There’s all different kinds of stories of these adult students. Some have gone to college, gotten a degree and not been able to find gainful employment with that degree and they realize they need a skill-set. So they come back here.”

They come back for a slew of programs. Some of the most popular are nursing, surgical technologist, welding and massage therapy. Most of the programs wrap up in less than a year.

Sharrock said, “We have other students who graduated high school, for lack of a better word, putzed around, didn’t really have a direction, knew they didn’t really want to go to college. Then, something, a light goes off  - 'I need to start making a living.'”

The child development study found internet usage has increased and that could account for some of the slowdown in the race to adulthood.

El Kady said, “I see  a lot of lost youth. It’s okay to help them out. It’s okay to provide supervision for the kids. Balance is important. This is a very dangerous generation. Kids have access to the other side of the world between their fingers. You have to supervise them. As long as you prepare them for it, they’re staying longer, but not forever.” 

The study also found small family size, higher parental age at first birth and higher median income mean many parents are okay keeping the nest full for longer than in decades past.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman said her mom woke up early Saturday morning to find a man lying naked beside... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:28:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Columbia to Denver were offered thousands of dollars worth of vouchers... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:12:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The debate over Missouri's abortion bill came to MU on Saturday. Protestors were dressed in white bonnets... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 8:15:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Following the release of the Mueller report, Missouri election officials say keeping the state's elections secure is a... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:05:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a man found naked in two homes.... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 4:20:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market is now open every Sunday from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 1:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in Continuous News
MOBERLY - A woman was arrested in Moberly Saturday night after a report of a shoplifting at Gordman's department store.... More >>
15 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:17:00 PM CDT May 19, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Avengers super-fan Jace Aitkens needs a new kidney. His mom, Kayla Aitkens, said it all started when... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 7:55:00 AM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The 2018-2019 school year is wrapping up for students in Columbia, but they're still learning important skills. ... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, May 19 2019 May 19, 2019 Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT May 19, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Strong storms pummeled mid-Missouri Saturday evening, leaving lots of damage in their wake. A Facebook User sent... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 8:54:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
KINGDOM CITY - High winds blew a tractor-trailer off the road at the intersection of Highway 54 and I-70 Saturday... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:48:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - People who suffer from chronic pain can now turn to alternative treatments besides opioids. Dr. Amanda Alcamo... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 7:00:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Thousands of customers throughout mid-Missouri lost power Saturday, according to the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 5:53:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Abortion Bill has passed in the House and Senate.  Saturday, mid-Missourians gathered outside of Columbia... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 18 2019 May 18, 2019 Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:18:00 PM CDT May 18, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues rebounded from a tough Game 3 loss and took Game 4 of the... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 10:45:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in Sports
MONITEAU COUNTY - Three people are in custody after they reportedly tried to run away from law enforcement Friday. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 9:02:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou Athletics announced the team spaces and offices in it's new south end zone facility will be completed... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 5:53:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - A day shy of his 95th birthday, a World War II veteran had the early birthday surprise of... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 Friday, May 17, 2019 3:12:00 PM CDT May 17, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 54°
4am 49°
5am 48°
6am 47°
7am 47°