COVID Sends Majority of Young Adults Back Home
“One striking finding is that the numbers of these young adults have increased at all levels, all racial and ethnic groups, men and women, and in metropolitan and rural areas,” Cohn says. “We don’t necessarily know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. We will have to see.
There are negative psychological implications that are already evident in young adults, says Amanda Zelechoski, associate professor of psychology at the University of Valparaiso in Indiana and co-founder of Pandemic Parenting, a platform for parents struggling with lifestyle changes linked to COVID-19.
“We have seen a difference in the pressures and responsibilities of young adults,” Zelechoski says. “For some, it helps their parents take care of younger siblings or grandparents. Some had to take extra shifts at work because their parents were made redundant. “
Because their internal resources were so strained – like coping mechanisms and decision-making – Zelechoski saw students suffer academically and, in turn, question their skills.
“They’ll say, ‘I’m such a good student, I don’t know why I can’t put it together,'” Zelechoski says. “They fought for it.
The mental health toll of the pandemic is not just anecdotal. Two-thirds of young adults have suffered from anxiety or depression as a result of the public health crisis, and a quarter have seriously considered suicide, the CDC reported.
Although members of this age group have different reasons for moving home, a related Pew survey found that one in 10 young adults said they had moved due to the outbreak. Of these, 23% said they moved due to the closure of their university campus and 18% said it was due to job loss or financial hardship.
The phenomenon reported by Pew is not new to American culture, but has not been the norm in recent years. According to researchers, the number of young adults living with their parents declined in the 1950s and 1960s.
“We’re used to thinking about this model that we’ve had for quite some time now, that the kids are leaving the house as usual, but that’s not normal historically or around the world,” says Jeffrey. Jensen Arnett, professor of psychology at Clark University in Massachusetts. , whose research focuses on the emergence of adulthood. “In fact, it is an aberration.”
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