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Back to the Nest
Back to the nest

Leaving home is a fundamental life course transition, but it is nevertheless highly volatile. It is unlike men's work-related transition, which is typically portrayed as a transformation from student to full-time worker that lasts until retirement or death, and unlike women's transition to motherhood, which lasts at least until the children are grown. The dimension of the transition to adulthood that involves moving out of the parental home rarely has this durable character. Many who leave come back to live in their parental home.

Previous Research on Returning to the Nest

Although “How many return?” is frequently asked by journalists (and parents), the answers have been few and far between. Only a small number of studies have assessed rates of ...

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