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Empty Nest, Effects on Marriage

  • By: William S. Aquilino
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

The empty nest occurs when the last child leaves home and parents no longer have coresident children. The transition often is not permanent. About 40 percent of young adults return to live with their parents. Most often, these returns are short-lived, ...

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