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Uh, mom, dad, can I move back in?

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The economic downturn is especially hard hitting when it comes to 20-somethings. And, as a result, more and more of them are coming back home after college—some forty percent, in fact. Call them “boomerang kids,” the phenomenon seems to go beyond economics—people are taking longer to “grow up” generally. They’re getting married later in life, having kids later in life. What’s it all mean? And how old will we get before we finally launch?


Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and Editor of the Journal of Adolescent Research