Journal article

Boomerang families and failure-to-launch: Commentary on adult children living at home

Katherine Burn, Cassandra Szoeke



With a shifting economic climate and changes in social norms, young adults are increasingly reported to be living with their parents, either through delayed launch or by launch and return. For young adults grappling with financial and domestic independence, the family home can represent a safe haven; however, living with parents can also pose a threat to autonomy and self-image as they strive for adult status. Parents, on the other hand, are often beleaguered by the economic and emotional demands of their dependent adult children and struggle to maintain their own independence. The roles and expectations of both parties need to be redefined in order to achieve optimal household functioning.


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research program is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC Grants 547500, 1032350 & 1062133), Ramaciotti Foundation. Brain Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association (NIA320312), Australian Menopausal Society, Bayer Healthcare, Shepherd Foundation, Scobie and Claire McKinnon Foundation, Collier Trust Fund, J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust, Mason Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association of Australia. The Principal Investigator of WHAP (CSz) is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.