The Accordion Family

Feb 3, 2012

For centuries, that transition between teen-hood and adulthood has been accompanied with a newfound independence, where young men and women leave the roost, go to college, buy a house and raise a family.  But according to author Katherine Newman, high unemployment rates, the rise of short-term employment, longer life expectancies and the high cost of living have forced many a young adult back home to live with mom and dad.  They are called 'Accordion Families' and depending on the culture, they're met with a variety of acceptance.  Today we look closer into this new phenomenon called Accordion families.


  • Katherine S. Newman - author of The Accordion Family:Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents and the Private Toll of Global Competition. Newman is also the James Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University.