The social clock theory views major landmark events within a person’s lifetime as indicators of where she falls within the standards of society. Landmark events include graduating from high school, getting a first job, getting married, having children, buying a home and retiring. The type of society a person lives in will determine what types of landmark events will serve as markers. An example of this concept in the United States would be the expectation for a young adult to attend college after graduating from high school. This same adult would be expected to start their own family, or get a job in rural Latin American society.
Social Clock TheoryIn English on 2011/06/01 at 20:46