Young adults who choose to “boomerang” back to their parents’ home are apparently finding the transition more harmful than helpful, a new study has revealed.
According to research undertaken by the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, children who move back in with mum and dad find their mental health takes a massive plunge with an increase in depressive symptoms.
The study found while the reason to move home including a bad break up or a job loss, could lead to the downfall in mental health, being back with the parents was also a significant factor.
In fact, most that move back home experience significant setbacks in life such as income declines and partnership loss. While those that choose to remain living independently are far less depressed, better off financially and are more likely to be married.
Now of course this isn’t good news for the kids but what about poor old mum and dad who were enjoying their newfound freedom? More and more young adults are choosing to move back home and it is putting quite a bit of stress on parents who find it hard to say no to their beloved children.
According to a recently released study by the Pew Research Center, 18 to 34-year-olds are much more likely to live with mum and dad than independently or with a partner.
It may be a surprise for some to learn that in 2014, 32 per cent of young adults surveyed were living with mum and dad, compared to 14 per cent who were living alone or with one or more roommates.
There is no doubt parents enjoy having the kids around but a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine found it is making them incredibly stressed.
This return to the family home is often viewed as a “violation” by parents who are enjoying their retirement with improved marital relationships, fresh interests and new hobbies – according to the study.
“The findings show that returning home was correlated with a decline in parents’ quality of life when there were no other children in the parental home. Parents enjoy their independence when their children leave the home, and refilling an empty nest may be regarded as a violation of this life course stage.” the report read.
The study also made the point that living with “boomerang kids” is a bit of a double-edged sword–while kids can be a source of practical and emotional support, they can also cause stress and conflict.