A study by psychiatrists at King's College, London have found in a survey that most adults suffer from depression if their children stay at home. This contradicts the belief that adults suffer from "empty nest syndrome" in later life when their children go away from home.
The survey took place in Thailand and involved 1,000 parents aged 60 and over. The researchers found that parents of children who lived close to them were more depressed as compared to parents of children who lived further away.
"A commonly held view is that out-migration of young people has starkly negative consequences for parents living in rural areas as they get older," said lead researcher Dr Melanie Abas. "But our findings challenge the popular belief that family separation causes older parents to feel abandoned and lacking in support."
She also added that parents whose children left home were more educated suggesting they were able to cope with the situation.