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Recently released data in the United States shows that for the first time ever, the majority of 18 to 34 year olds are now living at home with their parents.

The survey showed 52 percent of millenials were remaining in or returning to the family home, up from 47 percent as the Covid-19 pandemic began.

On this side of the globe, young adults were increasingly dependent on their parents in order to get ahead – even before Covid-19 hit.

Now that upward trend is continuing, with more millennials moving back in with mum and dad.

Dr Kate Prickett is a family sociologist and demographer from Victoria University’s Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families.

She ran a web-based study in conjunction with Colmar Brunton early in the first lockdown which focused on wellbeing among New Zealanders and which had 2000 respondents.