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The experience of co-residence: young adults returning to the parental home after graduation in England

Lewis, Jane, West, Anne ORCID: 0000-0003-2932-7667, Roberts, Jonathan and Noden, Philip (2016) The experience of co-residence: young adults returning to the parental home after graduation in England. Families, Relationships and Societies: An International Journal of Research and Debate, 5 (2). pp. 247-262. ISSN 2046-7435

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Identification Number: 10.1332/204674315X14309191424695


Finishing full-time higher education is one of the main reasons for returning home to live. Graduates who return to co-residence with their parents experience a delay in achieving full adult independence, which may pose problems for them and for their parents. In this article we use face-to-face interview data to explore the feelings and perceptions of 27 co-resident graduate 'returners' and one of their parents. We classify parent–returner dyads into groups according to whether the members of each dyad are positive, negative or ambivalent about co-residence and identify the salient issues for each group. We find that more parents are negative about co-residence than adult children and that almost half the sample is ambivalent. We also discuss the factors accounting for differences between groups of dyads and between parents and adult children.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2016 Policy Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Education Research Group (ERG)
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 14:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:51
Projects: RPG-336
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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