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OSU Study Finds Children Living Longer At Home

OPB | April 29, 2010 4:03 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:08 a.m. | Portland, OR

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By Kristian Foden-Vencil

Despite iPads and hybrid cars, young Americans are more like young adults of the early 1900s than the baby boom generation. That's according to a new study from Oregon State University. Kristian Foden-Vencil reports.


A team of a dozen scientists from across the country have spent the last decade looking at how 18-to-35 year olds mature.

The research looks at five steps to adulthood: leaving home; completing school; entering the workforce; getting married; and having kids.

OSU professor Rick Settersten, says historically, and now, it takes young people longer to finish the steps.

Rick Settersten: "We have that script for life ingrained in our minds and it's especially strong for people who came of age in the middle of the last century and a decade or two after that. I mean, even young people today, know that that script is out there, but they also feel acutely that it's not a script they can meet."

Settersten says the poor economy is mainly responsible. His paper is published in the journal Future of Children.

Next, he will be looking at whether delaying adulthood is beneficial or problematic for the child and the family.


Online: http://www.futureofchildren.org/

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