Almost half of all U.S. children born to single mothers will spend at least some time living in a multi-generational household, but a researcher says living with grandparents may increase the risk of depression.
Joy Piontak, a Duke University research analyst, said that during an infant’s first year of life, married or single new moms living with grandparents have higher rates of depression. “There’s a strong expectation that married couples will be economically self-sufficient,” Piontak said in a statement. “Those are strong cultural values. So there could be a stronger sense of failure among married couples if they have to live with their parents.”