Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 390–410

Households’ Net Worth Accumulation Patterns and Young Adults’ Financial Health: Ripple Effects of the Great Recession?

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10834-013-9379-7

Cite this article as:
Friedline, T., Nam, I. & Loke, V. J Fam Econ Iss (2014) 35: 390. doi:10.1007/s10834-013-9379-7


We examined households’ dynamic patterns of net worth accumulation between 1999 and 2009 and asked whether these patterns related to the financial health of young adults growing up in those households. Two patterns of net worth emerged—the first remained high and stable and the second experienced a precipitous decline between 2007 and 2009. Young adults who grew up in households with high and stable net worth also experienced the greatest benefit in financial health. Given wealth losses in the wake of the Great Recession and the ripple effects those losses may have had—and may continue to have—on households and their children, policies that stimulate wealth accumulation may be feasible and timely strategies for improving financial health.


ChildrenYoung adultsSavingsNet worthRecessionPanel study of income dynamics

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Reformed Theological SeminaryKangbuk-ku, SeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.School of Social WorkEastern Washington UniversityCheneyUSA