Empty Nest Syndrome refers to feelings of depression, sadness, and/or grief experienced by parents and caregivers after children come of age and leave their childhood homes. This may occur when children go to college or get married. Women are more likely than men to be affected; often, when the nest is emptying, mothers are going through other significant life events as well, such as menopause or caring for elderly parents. Yet this doesn't mean that men are completely immune to Empty Nest Syndrome. Men can experience similar feelings of loss regarding the departure of their children.
More mothers work these days and
therefore feel less emptiness when their children leave home. Also, an
increasing number of adult children between 25 and 34 are now living
with their parents at home. Psychologist Allan Scheinberg notes that
these "boomerang kids" want the "limited responsibility of childhood and
the privileges of adulthood." Children may also return home due to
economics, divorce, extended education, drug or alcohol problems or