Period of time after the birth of a couples’ first child when, “the responsibilities of parenthood arrived.” (Brannen & Nilsen)
“Full adult status is achieved when young people ‘settle down’ although what this means is determined by ‘cultural, social and economic forces’.” (Allatt, & Yeandle1992)

Brannen, J. & Nilsen, A. (2003, January 28). Adulthood: Changing Concepts and Definitions, A Sloan Network Encyclopedia Entry. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College. Allatt, S., & Yeandle, S. (1992). Youth, unemployment and the family. London: Routledge.