Young men living with mum and dad are more violent, say boffins

YOUNG men who stay at home with their mums and dads are more violent than those who live independently, according to new research in London’s East End. This group makes up only four percent of the male population, but are responsible for 16 per cent of all violent injuries in the last five years, researchers have found

By Mike Brooke

YOUNG men who stay at home with their mums and dads are more violent than those who live independently, according to new research in London's East End.

They have fewer responsibilities in their early 20s and more disposable income to spend on booze.

This group makes up only four percent of the male population, but are responsible for 16 per cent of all violent injuries in the last five years, researchers at the London University's Queen Mary College in Mile End have found.

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"They are no longer influenced by parents to conform to standards of behaviour expected of previous generations," said Prof Jeremy Coid.

"Violence outside of the home is the most common scenario, just one of a series of negative social behaviours such as drinking, drug misuse, sexual risk-taking and non-violent antisocial behaviour.

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"They do not have responsibilities of their own accommodation, supporting children or living with a female partner."

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His researchers carried out a survey among 8,000 men and women in their 20s who were asked about violent behaviour over the past five years.

The results showed for the first time that staying in the parents' home is a stronger risk for young men's violence than anything else.

The study showed their earnings or benefits were the same as those who had left home , but had more disposable income which may explain why they had more problems with alcohol.

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