Family matters Adult children that move back in with their parents make their parents miserable

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As much as moving back in may seem like a disappointment to you, it also affects your parents well-being.

play Man seated in a room full of boxes - moving back home can make your parents miserable. (CNBC)

Adult children that move back in with their parents make them miserable.

According to a new study done by the London School of Economics and Political Science, parents whose adult children moved back in with them recorded a lower quality of life and well-being.

How the study was conducted

People aged between 50 and 75 from 17 different European countries were studied in the research.

The parents’ overall well being was examined by looking at factors such as health, ageing and retirement.

“Parents enjoy their independence when their children leave the home and refilling an empty nest may be regarded as a violation of this life course stage,” read the study.

play Happy older couple - moving back in with parents can make them miserable. (Classic 105)


The parents’ quality of life was measured and scored by taking into consideration ‘feelings of control, autonomy, pleasure and self-realisation in everyday life.

“Our work shows that in contexts where family orientations and welfare institutions foster individuals’ independence returns home by adult children have negative implications for parents’ well-being,” said the study’s author Dr. Marco Tosi.

Dr. Marco went on to say that “When children leave the parental home, marital relationships improve and parents find a new equilibrium. They enjoy this stage in life, finding new hobbies and activities. When adult children move back, it is a violation of that equilibrium.”



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