Despite improvements in the economy, a record 64 million Americans live in multigenerational households according to a new study from Pew Research. This accounts for roughly 20 percent of the U.S. population. Much of the focus on multigenerational households has centered on younger people living with their parents into adulthood because of dismal employment prospects. However, we were curious how many adult children feel a responsibility to take care of their parents.

At Branded, we polled our community and asked if our users think adult children are responsible for taking care of their older parents. We polled our community on May 18, 2018, and 15,992 community members responded.   

Overall, most of our users say adult children do have a responsibility to care for their parents as they age. Roughly 44 percent say adult children definitely have a responsibility to care for their parents and 41 percent say adult children may have a responsibility to care for parents. Only 15 percent of users said adult children don’t have a responsibility to care for their parents.  

Looking at the data by generation, younger users are more likely than older users to say adult children should take care of their parents. Roughly 46 percent of Millennials (age 22-38) say adult children should take care of their parents followed by 43 percent of Gen X (age 39-50), 42 percent of Baby Boomers (age 51-69) and 39 percent of the Silent Generation (Age 70+). Among Millennials, there is a pronounced distinction by gender. Roughly 51 percent of Millennial men say adult children are responsible for taking care of their parents compared to 43 percent of Millennial women.

Our research also revealed nuances by race and ethnicity. Asian users are more likely than those in other racial or ethnic groups to say adult children are responsible for taking care of their parents. Approximately 55 percent of Asian users agree that adult children should care for their parents followed by 50 percent of African Americans, 45 percent of Hispanics and 39 percent of Caucasians. Among Asian users, there is a distinction by gender. Roughly 58 percent of Asian women say adult children are responsible for taking care of parents compared to 51 percent of Asian Men.