Pi Attitude Zone: Affiliation & Cohesion

Not so young, or dumb… but living with mum

Parents of twenty-to-thirtysomethings are worried about their kids.  Specifically, they’re worried that they are never going to leave the family home.  Whose nest is it, anyway?  Mum and Dad’s?  Or the “Come-Back Kid’s”?

Ah, the joys of parenthood!  The poor old dears have put behind them the mess, noise, turbulence and confrontations of having their teenage children at home.  Now, all over Europe, the same mothers and fathers are reaching their 50s or 60s.  However, ask them if the advancing years have brought them the quiet joys of being ‘empty-nesters’.  They are just as likely to roll their eyes and murmur “I wish!  They’re still here!”. 

The number of “adultescents” still living at home is not trivial.  Six out of ten British 20-to-25-year-old men are still shacking up at their parents’ place, according to the UK’s Office for National Statistics.  For women in their young 20s the figure is four out of ten. 

Significant numbers of Italians stay single and continue living in the parental home well into their 30s and even 40s.

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Zone – Affiliation & Cohesion / COUNTRY – Europe / PRODUCT – Other