, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 293–309 | Cite as

Adult children in the parental household: Who benefits?

  • Jill S. Grigsby


Households that include adult children may arise out of collective necessities, not just the needs or shortcomings of the adult child. Therefore living in the parental home does not necessarily preclude the transition to adulthood. An analysis of household income in the 1980 U.S. Census demonstrates that while parents on average contribute a larger share of household income than their adult child does, some parents and children share a need for joint living arrangements. The parental characteristics associated with such needs include an older householder, a female householder, and income close to or below the poverty line.

Key words

Family Life Cycle Intergenerational Retations Living Arrangements 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jill S. Grigsby
    • 1
  1. 1.Pomona CollegeUSA

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