538At PCYI, our mission is to work collaboratively with the community to ensure that all children and youth have the opportunity to reach their potential as they grow from infancy (0) through to young adulthood (24). Typically, when we think about a child growing into adulthood, we think about independence: young people moving out and starting a new life on their own. But is this actually a reality for young people today?

Parents of twenty- and thirty-something adults across North America are now experiencing the exact opposite of “Empty Nest Syndrome” as their adult children come home to roost. According to research conducted by the Pew Research Centre, 36% of all 18- to 31-year-olds in the United States are living at home with their parents. Our Research Manager, Heather Krause, explores this trend and its implications for parents in an article she penned for Five Thirty Eight:

“A record number of young adult children are living at home with their parents. […] This recently increasing trend began at the onset of the most recent recession in 2007. So I wondered: Is this affecting how parents are spending their time, the way it has affected me? And are women affected differently than men?” 

Click here to read the article in its entirety.


Heather Krause is a statistician who works with non-profit organizations. She works with PCYI as our Research Manager, taking the lead on projects like the Peel’s Kids Participate: A Recreation and After School Strategy report, Voices: A Study of Youth in Peel and our new Play In Peel recreation app. heather





Guess who cares for young adults when they move back home?
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