Study: Close families raise independent adults


Children with close ties to their parents grow up to be more independent adults, an Israeli study found.

Haifa University sociologist Irit Yanir published research Sunday indicating that young people who are close to their parents turn out to be more financially self-sufficient, more independent in their day-to-day lives, more professionally stable, feel more mature and are more likely to be involved in a stable, intimate relationship.

“It seems that not only can independence and closeness exist together, but they actually flourish together,” said Yanir, who conducted in-depth interviews with psychologists, parents and young adults aged 23 to 27.

An additional 100 families – father, mother and child – completed 300 surveys as part of the study.

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