Generation Y isn't getting much help from their parents
Study shows that young people prefer to face situations on their own and decline parental aid, as financial support often comes 'with strings attached.'
Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM
Despite their reputation as being coddled, the majority of Gen Y are not getting any financial help from their parents. A new survey has found that 69 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29 receive little financial support from their parents.
Financial assistance from parents was most common among young adults, between the ages of 18 and 21, but even then only 28 percent said they received some sort of financial assistance from their parents. As those adults got older, assistance continued to drop. Just 13 percent of adults ages 22-25 and 6 percent of adults ages 26-29 received help from their parents.
"Financial independence is among the most important criteria for adulthood, from the perspective of emerging adults," said Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, a psychology professor at Clark University in Massachusetts who conducted the research. "They prefer not to rely on their parents, because doing so often comes with strings attached."
Not only are young adults declining to rely on their parents for financial assistance, they are willing to face struggles on their own if necessary. The research found that 75 percent of young adults would rather live independently of their parents even if it is a struggle to do so financially.
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