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Multi-Generational Households on the Rise

It once was common in America for three or more generations to live together. Now, the economy, debt and unemployment are causing many families to live under one roof once again.

Experts say multi-generational households have special challenges and benefits. We explore this with Dr. Vicky Phares, area director of USF's Clinical Psychology program; Karen Blanden, licensed marriage and family therapist; and Lillian Lima, social analyst.

We discuss the evolution of this lifestyle, analyze the benefits versus the consequences and question whether these households actually “work.”

This program was produced by Lauren Webber and the USF Advanced Production and Direction class, under the guidance of Professor Kristin Ruyle. Their companion television documentary on multi-generational households is scheduled to air on WUSF-TV in January.

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Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7

Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1

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