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Adult Child Returning Home

  • By: Jennifer L. Tanner
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

An adult child returning to the parental home represents a reversal event in the progress a young adult child is expected to make toward independence during the transition to adulthood. Historically, home-returning has been linked with the fluctuating economy. Returns to the parental home became increasingly common in the late 20th century as the economy tightened and strained opportunities for gaining self-sufficiency in the early adult years. Both family resources and lack of opportunities available that will lead to self-sufficiency contribute to the likelihood that an adult child will return or re-return to the parental home. The return of boomerang kids has different effects on families. Available resources to support semiautonomy can ease the financial and emotional demands of providing an extended period of care ...

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