chapter  3
12 Pages

Holding on with open arms

Adult children living at home
WithMichelle Flax

This chapter explores questions surrounding the sociological phenomenon of adult children living longer at home. Is it a pathological failure? A prolonged adolescence? Or the new normal? If it is a failure, whose failure is it: the adult child, our current parenting styles, or a changing society? If we are to understand our patients psychodynamically, how do we transform our clinical thinking to keep up with the current reality? Finally, what is lost and what is gained when adult children stay longer in their childhood home?