Although most Americans and many scholars believe that young adults are returning home to the parental nest in ever greater numbers (a phenomenon the press has dubbed 'the boomerang effect'), this widely held perception has it exactly backwards.
In fact what really distinguishes modern family life from previous eras is the new independence (geographic, residential, and social) of young adults from their families of origin.
Does this signal a rising acceptance of multiculturalism?
Kitossa: The assumption is that, because there are more interracial couples, it means that these unions are a proxy measure for racial tolerance in our society, but no one is really asking the people in those relationships about their experiences.
Tough times for some multiracial families More often, though, the difficulties are more nuanced, such as those faced by Kim and Al Stamps during 13 years as an interracial couple in Jackson, Miss.The rise of the independent life stage has reduced parental control over the dating and mate selection choices of their children.The decline of parental supervision and control results in a sharp rise in interracial and same-sex unions, the kind of unions that previous generations of parents were able to prevent.More research needs to be done, but there’s reluctance in Canada to collect information on the basis of race.TBN: What are some of the challenges inter-racial unions face?