Living doubled-up

Facing rising rents and economic insecurity, many American families live “doubled-up” in extended households.

Recessions and high unemployment rates are associated with more doubling-up. Households are considered doubled-up if they contain any adults besides the householder and her romantic partner. For students, living doubled-up up can be a headache. Research shows that living doubled-up in crowded conditions increases panic attacks in class, chronic hunger, sleep deprivation, and unmet medical or psychological needs. Many students are runaways from doubled-up situations because the atmosphere has become insufferable.

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