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Runaways and Stay-at-Homes
Runaways and stay-at-homes

As the 20th turns toward the 21st century, people concerned about the age when young adults leave home as a problem in our society are most likely to think about delayed nest-leaving—those who stay home “too long.” When the question reaches the popular press, the focus is always on the “shocking” proportions of 23-year-olds, or 27-year-olds, who are living in the parental home.1 They are sometimes referred to as “Peter Pans” because they “won't grow up.” Scholars have taken much the same approach, referring to staying at home as a “young adult syndrome” (Schnaiberg and Goldenberg 1989) and using titles for their studies such as “Still in the Nest” (Cherlin, Scabini, and Rossi 1997b), “Adult Children: A Source of Stress ...

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