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Family ties

The Government is contemplating tweaking public housing policies to allow more young couples to live with or near their parents. An online survey by the National Development Ministry found reasons why some couples prefer living with their parents while some seniors prefer being on their own.

FOR DATING COUPLES

Top reasons for wanting to live with their parents after marriage

  • To look after their parents 63 per cent
  • They are close to their parents 17 per cent
  • Parents can look after their children in future 9 per cent

Top reasons for not wanting to live with their parents after marriage

  • To have independence and privacy 41 per cent
  • To own our own home and asset 24 per cent
  • To avoid conflict between spouse and parents 16 per cent

Even if they want to live on their own, they want to live near their parents

  • Want to live close by 72 per cent
  • Want to live in the same neighbourhood 36 per cent
  • Want to live in the same town 18 per cent
  • Want to live next door 9 per cent
  • Want to live in the same block 9 per cent

FOR MARRIED COUPLES

How far do they live from their parents?

  • Live in a different region 40 per cent
  • Live in the same region 29 per cent
  • Live in the same neighbourhood 15 per cent

How often do they visit their parents?

  • At least once a week 66 per cent
  • Daily 16 per cent

FOR SENIORS WITH ADULT CHILDREN

Top reasons for wanting to live apart from their married children

  • To have independence and privacy 44 per cent
  • Not enough space 20 per cent
  • To avoid conflict with child's spouse 17 per cent

Top reasons for wanting to live with their married children

  • To look after their grandchildren 56 per cent
  • They are close to their child 19 per cent

How far do they live or want to live from their children?

  • Same neighbourhood or closer 63 per cent