Caputo, Jennifer (2018). Parental coresidence histories and psychological well-being among contemporary young adults. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America.
Despite recent attention to increases in parental coresidence during young adulthood, questions about whether this demographic shift is impacting the well-being of young adults have received little scholarly attention. Drawing on theoretical insights about stress and the life course, this paper uses survey data from Add Health (N=14,117) to examine how parental coresidence histories are related to other traditional markers of the transition to adulthood, as well as the relationship between these histories and depression. The analyses indicate that young adults who remained in or returned to their parental home are less likely to have transitioned to paid work, marriage, and parenthood than their peers who live independently. They also reveal that those returning to the parental home have higher depressive symptoms than their stably independent peers, even accounting for these factors. The findings highlight the implications of parental coresidence on current cohorts of young adults’ mental health.
family parental coresidence psychological well-being well-being cohabitation
Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America
Family contexts and well-being in youth and early adulthood
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