In a discovery that should surprise exactly no one, graduates in need of financial help do a lot better if they get financial assistance from their parents than if they move back home.
Everybody in the article seems stunned by this but it’s obvious how this works. Moving back with the parents puts you in a role of a child. And a child isn’t supposed to be professionally successful. People live up to their roles. It takes a person of rare strength and courage to avoid living up to an assigned role. But that person won’t be moving in with parents to begin with.
Another reason is that a dynamic where parents aren’t offering financial help instead of moving back in and children aren’t asking for it is already one of controlling parents and a beaten down child whose initiative has been sapped out. Being professionally successful is unattainable to such a person.
A much more interesting question is where the drive, the hunger for more, the restlessness of mind come from. I have no idea but since they are not as crucial as the capacity to be an adult, it doesn’t matter. Everybody needs to eat but it doesn’t have to be caviar.