Burn, K. F & Szoeke, C. (2016). Boomerang families and failure-to-launch: Commentary On adult children living at home. Maturitas,83 9-12. Netherlands: Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2015.09.004
With a shifting economic climate and changes in social norms, young adults are increasingly reported to be living with their parents, either through delayed launch or by launch and return. For young adults grappling with financial and domestic independence, the family home can represent a safe haven; however, living with parents can also pose a threat to autonomy and self-image as they strive for adult status. Parents, on the other hand, are often beleaguered by the economic and emotional demands of their dependent adult children and struggle to maintain their own independence. The roles and expectations of both parties need to be redefined in order to achieve optimal household functioning.
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