Parent Child Relations: Variations in the Living Arrangements of Young Adults and their Parents
From the second part of the class, the most important thing I learnt was the various dimensions that living arrangements between parents and their adult children take.
It was important because I understood the interdependence, especially economic interdependence between the two generations after the children have grown up, but still live with their parents for whatever reason. In most of these arrangements, the roles shift, or rather the parents and children swap duties, with the children taking over the economic responsibilities in the home unlike there before when the parents were responsible for all the needs of the house. Some do not take over the entire financial burden but rather begin contributing to their ability. The arrangements differ depending on culture as well as the background that the young adults were brought up in. for instance in the Latin American and Filipino cultures, the young adults have reported very strong sense of responsibility during their young adult life, and for these reasons, their chances of living with their parents are very high. In contrast, almost all young unmarried Japanese and Italians also live with their parents, though in families that are not culturally traditional, while in England half of the unmarried young adults live with their parents. These are however rather different from those who live with parents in families that are culturally traditional, and so they tend to leave their parents to take care of all the financial expenses of the home, while they spend their money on their personal needs. They also happen to do very little or no housework at all’ leaving their parents to take care of the home responsibilities (Heath, 258).
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