Most of the theories I've read here do not makes sense. I grew up in the Philippines and children of lower social class definitely are very independent. As young as I can remember, we walk and take public transportation on our own. Philippines has a high crime rate and has very dangerous public roadways. That said however, we do not leave home when we turned 18. That is not because we are scared to be independent but to the contrary, we feel obligated to keep our family united. We support our aging parents. The odd thing is when we migrated to the US, we rear our children like the americans do. We do not want our children to be obligated to us when they turned 18.
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