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Pandemic Leads To Uptick In Adult Couples Moving In With Parents

Extended families meet together at a parent's house.
Extended families meet together at a parent's house.
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Living with a partner is usually a rite of passage, allowing a person to “start a family.” With COVID-19 changing the dynamics of our economy it has also had an effect on our households, making multigenerational living now a new norm for plenty of people.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the pandemic has pushed many adults to move back home with their parents. Reasons range from financial difficulties to the desire to maintain closer familial bonds. The Wall Street Journal goes on to detail the life of a couple transitioning into a multigenerational household, chronicling their new living dynamics and how they serve as a benefit for the short and long term. They are just one of many people who have made the move to living with other relatives. According to the Pew Research Center, multigenerational living has been on the rise in recent years. Among many minority groups, particularly Latino and Asian households, multigenerational living is already common practice. But given the circumstances of the pandemic, we can expect to see the number of multigenerational households grow.

Today on AirTalk, we talk about this growing lifestyle in the United States and its socioeconomic implications. Are you a couple now living with your parents? How has your living situation affected your familial relationships? Have you maintained the same level of independence or felt you’ve lost any freedoms? Comment below or give us a call at 866-893-5722.

With guest host Kyle Stokes


Rachel Feintzeig, work and life columnist for the Wall Street Journal; she tweets @RachelFeintzeig

Jennie E. Brand, professor of sociology at UCLA; director of the California Center for Population Research