Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Multigenerational Households

  • Richard B. MillerEmail author
  • Cara A. Nebeker-Adams
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_492


The American society is experiencing an increase in multigenerational households. According to the US Census, the proportion of multigenerational households decreased throughout most of the twentieth century, from nearly one fourth (24%) in 1900 to 12% in 1980. Since then, however, there has been an increase in these families, with 19% of families in the USA currently representing multigenerational families. The increase spiked during the Great Recession of 2007–2009, due to economic hardship, but the number of multigenerational households has continued to increase since then.


Researchers have attributed much of the increase since 1980 to the changing racial profile of the USA. In 1980, 20% of the US population consisted of racial and ethnic minorities; today it has almost doubled (37%), largely due to immigration. Racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to have multigenerational households (Keene and Batson 2010). While only 13% of White households are...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
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  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA