COUC 502, Discussion Reply – Human Growth

The student must post 1 reply, approximately 250 words.
The student must support their assertions with at least 2 scholarly citations in current APA format, as well as 1 biblical principle. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include peer reviewed journal articles.
Student Post Below (RPL):
“Regarding research of young adults living with or returning to the parental home, current data falls short of addressing adult child independence. However, given recent events over that past 10 to 20 years, I concur with Burn and Szoekey (2016) that it is a matter of financial convenience and family unity. The likelihood of young adults returning home or choosing to live close to their parents is greater when the family relationship is strong and positive. Often, non-working or retired grandparents agree to take care of grandchildren while parents go to work, thus eliminating the cost of childcare. Children that feel close to their parents will often want to return to their parents in the later years.
Reyes (2020) suggests that the main reason for young twenties-aged adults to remain or return home to parents is financial. Unemployment or even first-time employment is often the reason for your adults to remain at home. It is often a way for parents to help their young adults transition to independence without incurring too much debt. Young adults who pay a portion of their income to the parents learn the responsibilities associated with independence (paying rent, utilities, groceries, etc.) by having their parents function as landlords. This creates a symbiosis between parent and young adult where the young adult contributes provisionally with some gained income which bolsters self-confidence and worth, and the parent benefits from additional financial support as well as a continued sense of worth and value as a parent beyond the traditional parenting years.
Additionally, there are cultural and racial differences among young adults living with parents. Burn and Szoeke (2016) suggest that some cultures where this living arrangement is common, the family relationship and dynamics are happy and harmonious. However, Reyes (2022) suggests that low-income minorities usually do not have the same support and financial assistance as their counterparts. Given the family structure of some cultures, it is possible to conceive that lack of financial support among low-income minority young adults is solely based on the lack of financial resources from the family in the first place, and not so much based on the race or culture per se.
Conversely, there’s the “entitled” young adult that will demand to stay with their parents well beyond the normative home years or expect to be welcomed back home to live when economic goals do not go their way. Reyes (2022) cites Newman (2012) addressing adult children living with parents as being viewed negatively as non-productive members of society. Failure of an adult child to launch from a parental household may also impugn the parent(s’) role as one having enabled the adult child’s poor or “lazy” behavior. Lachman (2004) provides an overview of the challenges facing midlife adults. Some of these include “Launching children into their own lives” and “Adjusting to life without children” (Wong et al., 2021, p. 261). Perhaps, some adults fear the empty nest and prefer to keep supporting their children to keep them home. Unfortunately, this behavior could be detrimental for the young adult as he/she advances to middle age and finds him/herself unaccomplished.
The bible story of the prodigal son clearly presents both points of view. “And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found” (King James Version, 1769/2017, Luke 15:31-32) On one side is the son that stayed with his father to help with the land (Failure to launch) and the other son that leaves the house only to return when un-employed and going thru hard times (Boomerang).
References:
Burn, K