Adulthood begins at the age of 25 as far as psychologists are concerned, according to a BBC report.
Child psychologist Laverne Antrobus told the news outlet: “The idea that suddenly at 18 you’re an adult just doesn’t quite ring true. My experience of young people is that they still need quite a considerable amount of support and help beyond that age.”
Reportedly, child psychologists will now see patients up to the age of 25.
“We are becoming much more aware and appreciating development beyond [the age of 18] and I think it’s a really good initiative,” Antrobus told the BBC. “Neuroscience has made these massive advances where we now don’t think that things just stop at a certain age, that actually there’s evidence of brain development well into early twenties and that actually the time at which things stop is much later than we first thought.”
Consultant clinical psychologist Sarah Helps explained adolescent brain development: “We used to think that the brain was fully developed by very early teenagerhood and we now realise that the brain doesn’t stop developing until mid-20s or even early 30s.”
Reportedly, scientists acknowledge three stages of adolescence: early (ages 12 to 14), middle (ages 15 to 17) and late (18 and older).
Apparently, President Barack Obama agrees. Under the Affordable Care Act, “children” are eligible for coverage under their parents’ health insurance plans until the age of 26.