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Three-fifths of parents with adult children gave them financial help in the past year, Pew Research reports in a new study.

Parents, for their part, seem ever more inclined to carry on with parenting well past the age a child exits childhood, removing every obstacle in their path. Some researchers call it “snowplow” parenting.

“It does have a downside,” said Jonathan Abramowitz, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill, “and that is, it can reinforce that need for dependence. Young adults, they get stuck because the parents are protecting them, and the kids never learn how to launch.”

USA Today