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Parenting is a which often continues long after children have first flown the nest, a new has suggested. A quarter of all 20-somethings questioned for the study admitted to returning home twice or more after first making the break for independence.

Factors such as , class and relationships seemed to have a significant on whether, and how frequently, a child returned to stay at the family home.

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) studied the "in-between" between a child growing up at home and becoming an elderly adult dependent on care from their offspring.

'Open return ticket'

In the poll by YouGov, commissioned by the SMF, just over 1,000 people aged between 20 and 30 were quizzed on their with their parents after leaving home.

Some 23% - one in four - admitted they still lived with their parents.

A total of 28% of questioned were living with their parents compared to 18% of women.

And 54% of those surveyed who were living at home with their parents said they were content to be doing so.

One in four said they had gone back twice or more, while one in eight had returned three times or more.

The research suggested a growth in the "open return ticket" for to head back to the parental home.

The foundation says a new social is emerging, which it describes as "lifelong parenting".

Even those who did not return home admitted to receiving from their parents after moving out.

Cashflow problems

The highest proportion - 43% - said they now lived with their , but many had chosen to return home at some stage after first leaving.

Those still at home gave various reasons for opting to stay with their parents as young .

SMF research fellow Roger Wicks said greater job insecurity, and the rising of education and housing were all factors affecting a young person's choice of where to live.

"When asked for the main for not having left home, 59% said it was that they could not afford to move out," he said.

He added that the break-up of relationships, often with a heavy financial , could also contribute to the return home of many 20-somethings.

 (BBC News)

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