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In this trade paperback original, psychologist Carl Pickhardt (Why Good Kids Act Cruel) identifies a transitional period between adolescence and young adulthood that he calls "trial independence." During this testing stage, which usually occurs between the ages of 18 and 24, young people gain self-confidence and experience before they take off into the outer world. There is no guarantee, however, that they won't return. In fact, each year, hundreds of thousands of these "boomerang kids" return to the nest that once nurtured them. Not content to simply identify a social phenomenon, Pickard explains its common causes and describes measures that parents can take to become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.