Depression linked to leaving home too early -- or too late

May 13, 2008

New research from the University of Alberta concludes young adults who leave home too soon after university, or who stay too long, are at greater risk for depression than their peers. The study, which tracked 577 graduates aged 20 to 29 between 1985 and 1992, found the youngest respondents living on their own reported higher levels of depression than those who lived at home with their parents. Older individuals who had not yet left home also reported greater depressive symptoms. There's no perfect age to move out, says one of the study's authors. "Don't push a kid out too soon. But don't keep him or her there too long." Globe and Mail