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Young adult graduates living in the parental home: expectations, negotiations and parental financial support

West, Anne ORCID: 0000-0003-2932-7667, Lewis, Jane, Roberts, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0003-4827-867X and Noden, Philip (2017) Young adult graduates living in the parental home: expectations, negotiations and parental financial support. Journal of Family Issues, 38 (17). pp. 2449-2473. ISSN 0192-513X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0192513X16643745


In the UK and the US significant numbers of university graduates live with their parents, but little is known about expectations regarding parental support. This article focuses on a sample of British middle-class families and their co-resident young adult children. It explores the extent to which parents and their graduate children have consistent expectations regarding co-residence and financial support, and how this is negotiated. Fifty-four in-depth interviews with parents and adult children were conducted. The findings reveal that expectations regarding co-residence were broadly consistent across parents and graduate children. Furthermore, within families there was broad consistency regarding expectations of financial support, although there was variation between families. The nature and ways in which financial arrangements were negotiated varied between families, between parents and between children. Expectations appear to be shaped by the child’s circumstances and norms, with negotiations of different types enabling a way forward to be agreed.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 16:31
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 07:54
Projects: RPG-336
Funders: Leverhulme Trust

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