Introduction to Boomerang Children: Prevalence and Potential Questions

  • D. Nicole Farris
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)


Young adults are moving back into their family homes and are now living with their parents. Common terms for the adult children include “previously launched adult” and “incompletely launched adult.” According to data from the 2000 U.S. Census, in 1970 12.5 million 18–34 year olds lived at home, whereas in 2000 17.8 million 18–34 year olds lived at home (Furman, Boomerang nation: How to survive living with your parents… The second time around. Fireside, New York, 2005). A recent profile of the U.S. based on 2000 census data described our country as having about 67 million young adults aged 18–34. If 17.8 million of these young adults are living back at home, this is not an insignificant percentage. This chapter introduces the reader to the social phenomenon of the previously launched adult and provides an in depth description of these young adults. This chapter also details why these young adults are sociologically significant while providing information about young and emerging adulthood.


Family Children Parents Adults Demography Statistics Qualitative 


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  • D. Nicole Farris
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  1. 1.University of West AlabamaLivingstonUSA

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