As adult children in their twenties need more help, some observers worry that they’ve become slackers or are being babied by their parents. A new study from the Journal of Marriage and Family found that about half of twenty-somethings needed help with living expenses or lived with their parents, but only 15% do by age 32.  Help from parents “promoted progress toward self-sufficiency,” said lead study author Teresa Toguchi Swartz, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

The parents’ income didn’t seem to make a difference in their generosity, the study found, but more educated parents were more likely to help their twentysomethings.

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