Research conducted by Chelsea Petree, Director of Parent and Family Programs, Rochester Institute of Technology; Marjorie Savage, Research and Outreach, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota; and Deanie Kepler, Director of Parent and Family Programs, SMU.
It has become increasingly common for young adults to move back home with mom and dad after graduating from college. While going home may not be the first choice for the graduate or the rest of the family, studies indicate that today's parents may be more accepting of their graduate moving home, and students saw this period as a way to comfortably think about their next steps with less pressure.
To take a closer look at this so-called Boomerang phenomenon, we investigated the subject, including conducting original research. In a national survey of recent alumni, nearly 40% said they had moved back home with family for at least a short time after graduation. A separate national survey of parents of college students revealed that more than half of parents expected this move and predicted benefits in having their student home again. All data was collected in 2012.
Following are specific suggestions for professionals regarding parent information needs regarding a student's return home. Additionally, findings on the challenges, benefits, and tips can be shared with parents, particularly nearing graduation.
Detailed findings of this research can be found in the following articles:
- Petree, C. A. (2012). Parents’ and graduates’ perspectives on the challenges and benefits to boomerang families. AHEPPP Journal, 3(2), 20-33.
- Petree, C. A. (2012). Boomerang families: Navigating the parent role as students move back home. AHEPPP Journal, 3(1), 2-16.