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“It’s give and take”: Australian families’ experiences of negotiating financial and domestic contributions when young adults return home

Warner, Elyse, Henderson-Wilson, Claire and Andrews, Fiona 2017, “It’s give and take”: Australian families’ experiences of negotiating financial and domestic contributions when young adults return home, Journal of family and economic issues, In press, pp. 1-15, doi: 10.1007/s10834-017-9520-0.

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Title “It’s give and take”: Australian families’ experiences of negotiating financial and domestic contributions when young adults return home
Author(s) Warner, Elyse
Henderson-Wilson, ClaireORCID iD for Henderson-Wilson, Claire orcid.org/0000-0001-7826-9788
Andrews, Fiona
Journal name Journal of family and economic issues
Season In press
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2017-02-16
ISSN 1058-0476
1573-3475
Keyword(s) return to co-residence
domestic contribution
young adults
parents
Australian qualitative study
Summary Young adults are increasingly reliant on parental support, with co-residence as a result of a return home increasingly common. Despite this, little is known about how family members negotiate financial and domestic contributions post-return. This qualitative study used a phenomenological methodology to explore the experiences of Australian parents and young adults who returned to co-residence in terms of the younger family members’ contributions to their household. Findings revealed that the young adults acknowledged the need to contribute but often varied in how much assistance they offered. For the most part, the extent of this contribution reflected their parents’ actions; the tendency not to ask for assistance and undertake tasks themselves meant offspring were not given incentives to contribute. While this at times resulted in unmet expectations and frustration among parents, they continued to act in ways that favourably accommodated their offspring. These findings highlight the importance of understanding the negotiation between parents and young adults in regards to household contributions, and the need for further qualitative investigation in this area.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10834-017-9520-0
Field of Research 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified
1499 Other Economics
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Springer
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091572

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