Canadian Boomerang: 51% of Young Adults Live with Parents
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2011 Nov 09
You may know members of Generation Boomerang.
They’re 20 to 29 years old and still living at home — or they had to ‘boomerang’ home due to money, job or personal problems.
The global trend — probed in Sharon Bartlett’s documentary premiering Thursday on CBC — shows 51 per cent of young Canadian adults still live with their parents.
“It’s global. We went to Italy where 70 percent are living at home,” said the filmmaker who made Generation Boomerang, and other docs, with Maria LeRose.
“It’s a new life stage, in the same way society accepted adolescence,” Bartlett said. “It’s here for the long haul, and won’t go away when the economy gets better. Some youths are quite comfortable being at home — in many cultures it’s the norm.”