This book examines the reasons why children ultimately leave home to live on their own and how the pattern has changed throughout the 20th century. The authors make use of data from the National Survey of Families and Households to: construct patterns for when children leave home; and establish the most important criteria for leaving home amongst different groups in the United States - men, women, blacks, hispanics, whites, and different religious groups and social classes.

Leaving and Returning Home in 20th Century America

Leaving and returning home in 20th century America

Much to the great surprise of scholars who study young adulthood, recent cohorts of young adults have been increasingly appearing in parental homes across the industrialized world. In some countries, young adults are remaining at home until they are older, a pattern closely connected with delays in the ages that they marry. In others, the increase appears to be linked with the instability of the nest-leaving transition—that is, with an increase in returning home (Cherlin, Scabini, and Rossi 1997; Cordon 1997; Goldscheider and Goldscheider 1994b; Young 1987).

Both the increase in remaining in the parental home until later ages and the increase in returning home after spending time away have been ...

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