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Adults who co-reside and the young adulthood factors that lead them there

Michael J. Merten, Amanda L. Williams, Ashley N. Harvey, Leslie Haughey

Publication date: June 2018

Source: Advances in Life Course Research, Volume 36

Author(s): Michael J. Merten, Amanda L. Williams, Ashley N. Harvey, Leslie Haughey


It has become common for young people to continue living with their parents into adulthood. While there are a number of social, economic, and cultural factors contributing to this dynamic, less is known about how individual behaviors, mental health, and family relationships across the life course contribute to parent/adult child coresidence. The present study used data from 9268 participants of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to examine pathways connecting early economic hardship and “rushing to adulthood” during the teenage years with young adult constrained resources, mental health, and parent-child relationships to predict adult residency with parents. Results suggest that family economic hardship sets into motion cumulative disadvantages through adolescent precocious events that constrain resources in young adulthood, deteriorate mental health through increased depressive symptoms, and damage relationships with parents contributing to indirect pathways leading to parent-adult child coresidence.

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