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.

Religious Transformation and Family Values

Religious transformation and family values

Religious institutions and religious creeds in America encourage familistic values. These values stress closeness to parents, the centrality of the marriage bond, the importance of parenthood and family-centered roles for women, and increasingly, men's family responsibilities, as well. Taken together, these religious values constitute a religious culture that reinforces family obligations and responsibilities. Religion and religious values are, therefore, likely to play an important role in our investigation of those family processes associated with the transition to adulthood and the decisions about the timing and route out of the parental home.

Some have argued that American society has become increasingly secular, which can be a problem for the family, given the importance of religion as a source ...

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