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Maturity
Maturity is defined as the quality or state of being mature. According to the Webster Dictionary, mature is defined as “having or showing the mental and emotional qualities of an adult; having a fully grown or developed body; and having reached a final or desired state”. When delving further into the definition, the psychological dictionary refers to maturity as a state of completed development of a certain developmental stage, particularly adolescence and the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. This means that in order to be mature, the individual must be not only physically mature, but also emotionally and socially mature in order to possess all of the qualities needed to meet the standards of being mature.
Maturity would have little to do with age or becoming an adult, but about the ability to react, cope and reason in an appropriate way depending upon the situation (Breckler, Olson, & Wiggins, 2006). Maturity encompasses an individual’s behavior and how an individual deals with any situation and the decisions they make. Maturity has different meanings across different perspectives: legal, social, religious, sexual, emotional, and intellectual. When looking at these perspectives, there also remains an overarching focus on the culture of the society one resides in. Therefore, everything is culturally significant when discussing maturity which can make the concept of maturity subjective in many ways.
For purposes of this definition, we will discuss maturity from a biopsychosocial perspective. The biopsychosocial perspective is a view of development that is a complex interaction of the biological, psychological, and social concepts (Whitbourne & Whitbourne, 2014). The biological maturity will focus on physiological factors. The psychosocial maturity will focus on cognition, emotions and social factors.…...

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