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The term adult describes any mature organism, but normally it refers to a human: one that is no longer a child and is now either a man or a woman. Coming of age is the event of becoming an adult, i.e. of entering adulthood.

Legally it means that one can engage in a contract. The same or a different minimum age may be applicable for e.g. parents losing parenting rights and duties regarding the person concerned, parents losing financial responsibility, marriage, voting, having a job, being a soldier, driving, travelling abroad, drinking alcoholic beverages (perhaps different ages for different categories), smoking, sex, being a prostitute (if legal at all), being a client of a prostitute, being a model or actor in pornography, etc.

The legal definition of entering adulthood varies between ages 16-21, depending on the region in question. Some cultures in Africa define adult at age 13, but most other civilizations consider this the teenager stage.

Often the age is 18. Exceptions:

19: South Korea
20: Japan

"Adult" also means "not considered suitable for children", in particular as a euphemism for being related to sexual behaviour, e.g. adult entertainment, adult video, adult magazine, adult bookstore.

However, adult education simply means education for adults, not particularly sex education.

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The Network on Transitions to Adulthood (154 words)
The Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood was established in 2000 to examine the changing nature of early adulthood, a phase of life that has been largely neglected by social and behavioral scientists and policy makers.
In the last quarter of the 20th Century, a set of economic, cultural, and social changes altered the relatively seamless transition to adulthood that existed in the Post-World War II period when most young people swiftly moved from adolescence to adulthood.
As we hypothesized in our initial proposal, the institutions that would typically support young people as they made the transition to adulthood (schools, workplaces, families) have not adapted to the changing conditions of life at the turn of the 21st century.
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