What Factors Create ‘Failure to Launch’?

In Tuesday’s post, I wrote about a phenomenon called Failure to Launch, characterized by:dreamstimefree_864363 ant opening peony

1.) extreme dependence of grown children on their family and,

2.) high levels of dysfunction given that these adult children are not disabled.
What are the family, individual and global societal factors that have contributed to Failure to Launch?
  1. Individual characteristics of the young adult that include certain problems, such as: social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities that make it hard to navigate in a big world.
  2. Family characteristics such as: encouraging overly dependent grown children to continue in this manner (enabling).
  3. We live in a society where adolescence is extended making it is less and less clear (to parents and children) when the young person should be expected to function independently.
  4. Many people have the mistaken belief that every person should find a career that perfectly suits his personality so he searches endlessly with commitment
    or compromise.
  5. Parents seem to be less able to set demands and limits.
  6. Computer technology presents people with ‘virtual lives’ that satisfy them and they have less exposure to the real world.
  7. Some wealthy families are able to to sustain adults who do not work.
This has probably always been going on to some degree, but seems to be more widespread. For some interesting parenting techniques to alleviate the problem, read the earlier post.
Source: Eli Liebowitz et al Family Process, March 2012, Volume 51, Issue 1


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