Every American writer comes across this subjectivity at some point in their writing career. Aseptically, when comes time to market your book and decide which age group to present it to. I noticed it isn’t so much an issue in other parts of the world. So, exactly what is YA or Young Adult? When does the years start and end?
For activities at international or at regional level, such as the African Youth Forum, UNESCO uses the United Nations’ universal definition. The UN, for statistical consistency across regions, defines ‘youth’, or young adult as those persons between the ages of 15 and 24 years, without prejudice to other definitions by Member States. Different counties have different age categories.
In most of the world a 34 year old is no longer considered a Young Adult. They are simply considered an adult.
From research I learned most of the world still uses the standards of previous generations to define age categories whereas the U.S. in the last twenty years adopted a different standard. Young adult and late teens (15-17) once meant the same age group. A young adult was no longer a child but not yet an adult. Once one reached 18 you were an adult. No longer a young adult.
I can’t help but wonder does this seemingly obtuse labeling has any psychological effects on the person. Labeling someone pushing thirty and beyond the same, as pretty much an 18 year old? It’s like it’s saying they haven’t grown and matured beyond their teen years?? Little wonder so many can’t handle adulting.
According to Erik Erikson’s stages of human development which varies. A young adult is generally a person ranging in age from their late teens or early twenties to their thirties, although definitions and opinions.
I didn’t know that you got a choice. I thought the body grew by coded DNA. Hmmm, that one is new to me.
Usually an ten to twelve year old is considered a “tween” – which is be”tween” being a child and a teenager. … You’ll start being a teenager when you turn 13, and you won’t stop being a teenager until your age is one that doesn’t end in teen number (when you turn 20).
U.S. categorized citizen’s ages into young adults (ages 18-34 years ), middle-aged adults (ages 35-55 years), and mature adults (aged older than 55 years) and last, Old adults (65-?)
I guess you don’t have any sense until older than 55. LOL!
But this too is challenged by sociologists who believe that each of these stages have an early, middle, and late phrase.
I think I will just stick with the original guideline.
Preschoolers to schoolers-4-6
All these other things are too confusing to keep up with for everyone has a reason and a sub-reason and no one is agreeing on anything.