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January 20, 2010 Cultural Musings, Culture & People No Comments

A judge has ordered an Italian father to pay a monthly allowance of 350 EUR  to his 32-year-old student daughter, who is living with her mother, while writing her thesis for a degree in philosophy and supporting herself by offering dance lessons.

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With concerns growing in Italy over the 59% of Italians under 34 still living at home, Roberto Calderoli, a member of ­Silvio Berlusconi’s cabinet, called the ruling “a slap in the face for good sense”.

Eight years after she was due to graduate with a degree in philosophy, Casagrande’s daughter is still working on her thesis and lives with her mother. The allowance was fixed when her parents divorced in 1997 .

“It’s easy to say she is a ‘bambocciona’,” said her mother, using the Italian slang for children who refuse to leave home, which roughly translates as big baby. “But it’s hard for children to find work today,” she told La Stampa newspaper.”

This article relates to our post on how Italian mothers may impact on the divorce rate of their sons, where it was suggested that the mothers were so involved in their son’s day-to-day life that it was hard for the sons to get their own life.

The present article highlights the extremely advanced age for young men and women leaving home in Italy, and how in this case the mother took the side of the daughter, while the father didn’t think it adequate for his 32-year old daughter to receive an allowance.

What does the traditional italian family have to do with this, and is it really so much harder for young Italians to find a job and to support themselves? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The Guardian

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